Bleaching in Borneo

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Thu Jan 29 12:11:43 EST 1998

Coral Cay Conservation is currently initiating a major series 
of baseline surveys in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Initial 
observations have reported significant coral bleaching, reaching 
60-70% at some depths. Interestingly the water is much colder than 
normal (approximately 23 degrees) and there are also extensive 
plankton blooms. If anyone else has similar observations from this 
area I would be keen to hear about them. I would also appreciate 
comments on whether these oceanographic conditions are typical for 
the area at this time of year or perhaps linked to El Nino.

I hope to post more detailed data on the extent of coral 
bleaching over the next few months.

Many thanks,

Alastair Harborne
Science Co-ordinator.
Coral Cay Conservation Ltd.  154 Clapham Park Road, London, SW4 7DE, UK.
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