Addition to 1997-98 Mass Coral Bleaching
c.wilkinson at aims.gov.au
Sat Sep 11 01:47:41 EDT 1999
1997-98 Mass Coral Bleaching - One Year Later
Tom Hourigan <Tom.Hourigan at noaa.gov> the Biodiversity specialist at NOAA
asked for additional information:
Do you have any quantitative information (or qualitative) on changes in
fish abundance on reefs where bleaching occurred? Impacts on fisheries are
probably the most important short- to medium-term socioeconomic impact of
bleaching. The Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat is drafting
a paper on the impacts of bleaching and any information will go to that
The GCRMN will update the report published in 'Status of Coral Reefs of
the World: 1998' and on the Internet as: http://www.aims.gov.au/scr1998
Please send reports and anecdotal observations to c.wilkinson at aims.gov.au
and Tom.Hourigan at noaa.gov on ALL areas bleached or not.
* name and area (approx Lat. and Long.);
* extent of bleaching in 1997-98 % live coral cover, numbers of species
bleached or not; other organisms
* any recovery or resistance to bleaching and depths;
* any new recruitment (and what families recruited)?
* other major comments.
A few authors have provided results ready for publication - there will be
an impressive set of papers from this event - we are preparing a synthesis
of these reports. We need many more reports please .....
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