problems in Cuban coral reef

Jeremy Woodley woodley at
Tue May 30 22:36:30 EDT 2000

Your compatriot Pedro Alcolado of the Instituto de Oceanologia has seen
cyanos very like this, and has some interesting ideas about the situation.

Jeremy Woodley

On Mon, 29 May 2000, Elena wrote:

> "During a recent visit to the Canarreos reefs in the Punta Frances =
> region of southern Cuba we were disturbed to find that many of the =
> corals of these formerly-pristine reefs were badly damaged by what =
> appears to be a cyanophyte infection. Some dead colonies were covered by =
> algae, some showed signs of recent mortality and others are dying now. =
> It is our impression that the layer of cyanophytes covers the bottom, =
> the algae, the corals and the sponges. The cyanophyte is red, like the =
> color of dark red wine. The only activities in the area are fishing =
> (which is illegal) and sport diving".
> We would like to know if a similar phenomenon has been observed =
> elsewhere in the Caribbean, either now or in the past.
> Elena de la Guardia Llanso
> Centro de Investigaciones Marinas,=20
> Universidad de la Habana

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