[Coral-List] Reminder: Coral Spawning on the Web

Judy Lang/Lynton Land JandL at rivnet.net
Mon Aug 18 11:14:09 EDT 2003

Hi Jim,
Re the "little description"
Very nice.
Has it actually been demonstrated that the larvae of broadcasters are 
genetically more diverse than the larvae of brooders?

Plus, last sentence:  I doubt Szmant ('86) predicted the dates of 
spawning in the Florida Keys, since mass spawning events in this area 
were first only observed in the early '90s in the Flower Gardens.

Take care,

On Monday, August 18, 2003, at 10:22  AM, Jim Hendee wrote:

> Greetings, Coral-Listers,
>    This is just a reminder of the message below, that we will be 
> broadcasting live video images over the Web of a possible coral 
> spawning event.  The camera will come on every ten minutes and remain 
> on for ten minutes, from 7:02pm EST (00:02 GMT) to 5:32am EST (10:32 
> GMT, last lighting) tonight through Wednesday night.  One estimate of 
> the expected time of spawning is around 10:30pm EST (03:30 GMT) 
> tomorrow (Tuesday) night, but it could happen tonight  (Monday) or 
> Wednesday night at any time...or not at all with this particular 
> colony.
>    You may be interested in a little description we have put together 
> on coral reproduction, located at URL,
>    http://www.coral.noaa.gov/cleo/coral_spawning.shtml
>    Again, if the camera does capture a spawning event, we will try to 
> put a better resolution digital video clip of the event on our Web 
> Page for downloading.  As usual, the camera is also on all during the 
> daylight hours, and is occasionally moved around for purposes of our 
> Coral Literature, Education and Outreach (CLEO) program.
>    Cheers,
>    Jim
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: 	[Coral-List] Live On the Web: Coral Spawning
> Resent-Date: 	Sun, 10 Aug 2003 20:04:15 -0400 (EDT)
> Resent-From: 	AOML.Coral-List at noaa.gov
> Date: 	Sun, 10 Aug 2003 20:02:56 -0400
> From: 	Jim Hendee <Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov>
> Organization: 	DOC/NOAA/AOML/OCD
> To: 	coral-list at aoml.noaa.gov
> Greetings, Coral-Listers,
>     As you can see from Dr. Alina Szmant's message below ("Alina 
> Says"),  dated
> February 21, 2003, spawning is anticipated for several species 
> throughout
> Florida and the Caribbean during selected days in August.  As  you may 
> recall,
> part of our Coral Reef Watch program at NOAA is the installation of
> Web-accessible Coral Cameras at selected stations where viewing 
> specific events
> that can be witnessed are of value and interest to researchers and the 
> lay
> public, and where funding resources permit.  Thus, we would like to 
> announce
> that our colleague Dave Ward of the Caribbean Marine Research Center 
> and
> NOAA/AOML has positioned the St. Croix, USVI Coral Camera to point at 
> a large
> colony of /Montastraea faveolata/ in about 40' of water.  The camera 
> has a
> light on it that comes on for 10 minutes every thirty minutes 
> beginning at
> 7:02pm (EST) and ending at 5:32am (last lighting).  Hopefully, we will 
> be able
> to witness the coral colony spawning some time between Aug 18-20, some 
> time
> between 9pm and 2am, with a high probability of Aug 19 as the likely 
> date.
> Hopefully, the coral will cooperate (it may be that that particular
> colony does not spawn).  The URL for the Web Coral Camera is,
>    http://www.coral.noaa.gov/
> and click on "Live Web Cams" in the left-side list of links, then on
> "UnderwaterCam."  You must have Windows Media installed on your 
> computer to
> access the images.  You can also open up the data stream directly in 
> Windows
> Media (and thus increase the size of the viewing window) using this 
> URL:
>    mms://
> The camera is broadcasting at night all this week, and of course also 
> during
> all daylight hours.
>    This effort is also part of our Coral Literature, Education and 
> Outreach
> (CLEO) program (http://www.coral.noaa.gov/cleo, currently under 
> development),
> under which we will also soon be providing educational modules 
> concerning
> coral bleaching and spawning.  Please note that we will also be 
> recording a higher quality video stream (as opposed to that over the 
> Internet) of the event which  will be downloadable (if they spawn) via 
> the CLEO Web link at some time after the spawning.
>    Cheers,
>    Jim Hendee and the CREWS/Camera Team
>    (Clarke Jeffris, Louis Florit, Mike Shoemaker,
> 	Jules Craynock, Jeff Judas, Monika Gurnee, 	Derek Manzello, Dave Ward 
> and Skeet Perry)
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: 	Re: Coral Spawning Events for 2003
> Date: 	Fri, 21 Feb 2003 16:14:02 -0500
> From: 	Alina M. Szmant <szmanta at uncwil.edu>
> To: 	Beaver, Carl <Carl.Beaver at fwc.state.fl.us>, 
> coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> Dear Carl (and others):
> I feel like I should start an "Alina says... " column, and make it an 
> annual feature.   I am glad to hear that I was accurate last year!
> For summer of 2003:  Alina says...
> Full moon of Aug is on Aug 12 at 4:48 am.
> Acropora spp will spawn  sometime between Aug 15 and 17 at ca. 10:00 
> to 10:30 am at  Florida latitudes and ca. 30-60 min earlier further 
> south  (ca. 2 hr after sunset)
> Montastraea spp and Diploria strigosa will spawn Aug 18 to 20 at ca. 
> 11 pm or so in Florida and ca. 30 to 60 min earlier further south. 
> (ca. 3 hr after sunset)
> In exchange for sticking my neck out once again,  I hope those of you 
> lucky enough to be out there and observe spawning will email me back 
> and let me know if your observations were on other dates.  We refine 
> our estimates each year by gathering more observations.
> Cheers, and don't step on the corals in the frenzy!
> Alina Szmant
> P.S.  I am not liable for any errors in my estimates, or any 
> consequences of your spending your good time and money to be out there 
> those nights.  However, if it works out, you owe me a beer for having 
> saved all the time and money trying to figure it out for yourself.
> At 03:01 PM 2/21/03 -0500, Beaver, Carl wrote:
>> Would any members wish to speculate as to the dates of coral spawning 
>> in the western Atlantic for 2003?  Last years prediction (I think by 
>> Dr. Alina  Szmant) hit the nail on the head and consequently the 
>> Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies was able to 
>> observe coral spawning on the Veracruz reefs for the first time.
>> Carl Beaver Ph.D.
>> Associate Research Scientist
>> Florida Marine Research Institute
>> 100 8th Ave. SE.  St Petersburg, FL  33701-5020
>> Ph.  727-896-8626 ext 1110 / SC 523-1110
>> Fx 727-893-1270
>> e-mail Carl.beaver at fwc.state.fl.us
>> ~~~~~~~
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> *******************************************************************
> Dr. Alina M. Szmant
> Coral Reef Research Group
> Professor of Biology
> Center for Marine Science
> University of North Carolina at Wilmington
> 5600  Marvin K. Moss Lane
> Wilmington  NC  28409-5928
> tel:  (910)962-2362  fax:  (910)962-2410
> email:  szmanta at uncwil.edu
> http://www.uncwil.edu/people/szmanta/
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