Maui algae bloom and effects online (fwd)
Coral Health and Monitoring Program
coral at aoml.noaa.gov
Mon May 6 08:09:48 EDT 1996
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Date: Sun, 5 May 1996 16:49:22 -0400
From: Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit at io.org>
To: owner-coral-list at reef.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: Maui algae bloom and effects online
My husband and I have been diving the same site off Honokowai, West Maui for
many years. It was an excellent snorkelling/dive spot until a Cladophora
algae bloom smothered many of the area's corals in 1989.
Since then the area has been plagued with either more Cladophora or Hypnea
musciformis or a combination of both. We have attempted to document the
degradation of this ocean environment with particular attention to a bloom's
effects on corals.
We are both laypeople whose primary interest is turtles. 75% of the animals
we see regularly have a disease called fibropapillomas. However, for coral
types, the essay also records the fate of a large stand of P. eydouxi from
1988 to its ultimate crumbling in 1994.
Algae-essay is 373K and has many online graphics of the bloom and other
environmental insults. May your reefs never get like THIS!
Best and take care
^ Ursula Keuper-Bennett
0 0 Mississauga, Ontario
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