rainforests of the sea/raising awareness

Mohan, Pete Pete.Mohan at seaworld.com
Mon May 29 09:19:56 EDT 2000

I used the "Rainforests of the Sea" theme for a short video I just completed
that accompanies our living coral exhibits here at SeaWorld Cleveland.  I felt
that public perception of rainforests is often limited to the idea that they are
complex tropical systems that are endangered.  At this rather simplistic level
the analogy works.

Pete Mohan

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Gould, Rob [SMTP:Rob.Gould at itn.co.uk]
> Sent:	Friday, May 26, 2000 4:30 AM
> To:	'coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov'
> Subject:	Re: rainforests of the sea/raising awareness
> Coral people,
> I was interested by the recent comparison between reefs and rainforests. I'm
> producing a documentary for Discovery Channel on the marine research in the
> Mascarene area of the Indian Ocean. Coral reefs clearly play an important
> part in the ecology here and these reefs suffered particularly badly in the
> 1998 bleaching event. The idea that coral reefs are analogous to rainforests
> is one I've heard and was planning to use as one of the themes in the
> programme.
> One reason for linking the two ecosystems, from my point of view, is the
> hope that it will raise public awareness of the importance of coral reefs in
> the way that the destruction of the rainforests became popular cause in the
> final decades of the last century.
> I am structuring the programme at the moment so any thoughts from you, the
> experts, would be greatly appreciated. Any information about possible
> implications of reef destruction and, of course, the positive contributions
> coral reefs make to the wider environment are particularly welcome.
> Your knowledge on this subject is obviously far greater than mine so I would
> very much appreciate any help or ideas.
> Many thanks,
> Rob Gould
> rob.gould at itn.co.uk  

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