Sea fans with higher copper levels more easily succumb to disease

Cornell University scientists report evidence of metal pollution creating danger for soft coral sea fans. The discovery emerged from earlier NSF-funded research. For colourful, graceful sea fans swaying on coral reefs in the waters around Puerto Rico, copper is an emerging threat in an era of warming oceans. While plastics and microplastics are well-known threats to the world’s oceans, the effect of metal contamination is poorly understood, according to the researchers. Read more here: