Nearshore vs. offshore bleaching
Bernard.Thomassin at com.univ-mrs.fr
Fri May 18 11:42:01 EDT 2001
>Debbie and all interested colleagues
>Taking in account my remark :
> >In fact coastal populations of corals (for the same species) are more
>resistant to all the possible stresses that coral populations living in
>more stable and constant seawater conditions.
You say :
>(The same is clearly true for our groundfish stocks, their resiliency to
>various stressors, i.e. fishing pressure and climate change, is much higher
>when they are located nearer to outflows of major rivers or mainland
>shorelines. So is their growth rates, this is well documented...the
>connection to enhanced feeding opportunities is rather hard to deny.)
>About growth rates from massive corals (Porites lutea, and P.
>lobata) our idea is supported also by results about the coral
>calcification from Mayotte I. and SW Madagascar area (Tulear), both
>sites being in the Mozambique Channel but separated by about 10
>latitudinal degrees (13° S for Mayotte, 23° S for Tulear region)
>(results from Kathrin PRIESS thesis, see PRIESS et al., 1997 ; from
>TESTREEF Program with W.C. DULLO, L. MONTAGGIONI, T. EISENHAUER, G.
massive Porites living:
- in "oceanic" waters on outer barrier reef slopes, or near large
passages, growth more quickly but with a less dense skeleton,
- those living in coastal "neritic" waters grow more slowly but with
a more dense skeleton than the first.
Unfortunatly we have not yet results for the metabolism rates and
Interesting debate you opened. this is Science.
Bernard A. THOMASSIN
Dir. recherches CNRS
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