New York Times article
LAURIE L RICHARDSON
RICHARDL at servms.fiu.edu
Wed Sep 10 15:41:43 EDT 1997
I am posting a belated comment with regard to the recent article on
coral reefs that appeared in the New York Times, and was distributed
on this network.
I wish to point out that I was quoted out of context concerning
the use of vacuuming as a technique to treat diseased corals. I
wholeheartedly endorse, and have frequently used, Harold Hudson's
underwater vacuuming apparatus to treat corals with black band
disease, with close to 100% success. My quote in the Times article
saying I "couldn't imagine using this technique to treat corals" ienei
was in the specific context of potentially treating plague type II
epizootics, which at a given time may affect literally hundreds if
not thousands of small (less than 10 cm diameter) coral colonies.
Prior to this comment, I had discussed successful treatmejnt of
the larger and fewer coral colonies usually affected in black
Thank you for the opportunity to address this issue. If anyone
is interested in Harold Hudson's technique, his offices are at
the Florida Keys National Marine sanctuary in Key Largo.
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199
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