Former sea captain and diver is saving Venezuela’s coral reef

Americas Now

You may not know it, but the country with the longest Caribbean coast line is Venezuela. Destruction of the coral reef, however, has threatened its ecosystem.

On this week’s Game Changer segment of Americas Now, we interview a former sea captain who is restoring the reef in Venezuela by creating “coral farms.”

According to the World Resources Institute, over 75 percent of the coral reef in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean is endangered. Threats include overfishing, pollution and development.

Latin American countries with the least-threatened coral reefs include Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and the Bahamas. But the reef along Venezuela’s Caribbean coast has been one of the most imperiled.

Take a quick dive with us into the beautiful blue waters of Venezuela to learn more about reef rescuer Cesar Navas and his rehabilitation operation.