The Bahamas is home to more coral reefs than any other country in the region. For centuries, these coral reefs have helped to shape the identity and livelihoods of countless Bahamians. These ecosystems sustain artisanal and recreational fisheries and are a key attraction for tourists. Healthy coral reefs can also provide invaluable coastal protection from storm surges and hurricanes. Despite their importance, Bahamian coral reefs are increasingly threatened by climate change, coastal development, and unsustainable fishing practices.