Coral Reefs

Diverse. Vulnerable. Lost?

Special exhibition at Kabinett Übersee and at the Oceania-exhibition 21 May 2021 until 10 July 2022

Colourful, lively, rich in species – that is our image of coral reefs. They are among the most important ecosystems on earth. They are nurseries for around 25 per cent of all marine life. Sie sichern die wirtschaftliche Existenz von etwa 500 Millionen Menschen. They protect tropical coasts from the power of the waves and are a source of new active substances for medicine. But the coral reef habitat and its inhabitants are in danger. Progressive climate change, increasing pollution of our oceans, mass tourism or fishing with chemicals and dynamite threaten these indispensable centres of biodiversity and conservation.
The exhibition introduces the importance of coral reefs, educates about global and local threats to marine ecosystems and provides insight into different approaches and solutions to save them.

„Coral Reefs – Diverse. Vulnerable. Lost?” takes place due to the 14th and 15th International Coral Reef Symposium, ICRS 2021/2022 and was developed together with the Deutsches Meeresmuseum and the University of Bremen.

Zum International Reef Symposium

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Fancy a virtual dive?

Together with kubikfoto we have developed an interactive reef that you can explore online. Detailed images of the underwater world in the Red Sea invite you to go on a discovery tour. Learn more about the endangered coral reef habitat.

To the interactive reef

Coral Garden – the Upcycling-Reef!

Accompanying the exhibition, a large upcycling reef is growing up in the Übersee-Museum until 16 October 2021. Join us, become a coral gardener yourself and crochet, braid, knit, twist or knot your own creation. Inspiration, instructions and the “rules of the game” for the project can be found on this page:

A coral reef with diverse fish
A detail of the coral reef diorama at the oceania-exhibition | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Volker Beinhorn
To the project “Coral Garden”
Eine Nahaufnahme eines Korallenpolypen-Modells. Im Hintergrund schaut sich eine Besucherin das Modell an.

Ein stark vergrößerter Korallenpolyp | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, Foto: Volker Beinhorn

eine Besucherin steht vor einem Modell, welches ein Korallenriff im Roten Meer darstellt.

Ein Riffmodell zeigt die Artenvielfalt im Roten Meer | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, Foto: Volker Beinhorn

Blick in den Ausstellungsraum, in dem Vitrinen und Bilder hängen. Zwei Besucherinnen schauen sich Ausstellungsstücke an.

Ein Blick in das Kabinett Übersee | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, Foto: Volker Beinhorn

Eine Detailaufnahme eines Riffmodells. Verschiedene farbenfrohe Fische sind zu sehen.

Korallen dienen vielen Tieren im Riff als Nahrung | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, Foto: Volker Beinhorn


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