Need another reason as to why coral reefs are so important? Reefs act as a natural flood barrier by breaking waves which reduces the risk of flooding in coastal areas. A recent article in the journal ‘Nature’ found that without coral reefs, flood damage could potentially double. This means proper reef management could save countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Mexico up to $400 million annually. For more on the importance of coral and our oceans, watch our episode with Joshua Jackson @vancityjax by clicking “The Show” highlight on our profile.