[Coral-List] Reef Ball postings

Jim Hendee Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov
Mon Mar 1 14:10:41 EST 2004

   Ladies and Gentlemen,
       I'm afraid I must ask that postings concerning Reef Balls be taken
   offline.   I  would  like  to  quote from the Coral-List overview page

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        My apologies.  It was me who approved these postings in the first
   place,  but  they  seemed  sort  of  border-line.  However, things are
   drifiting  toward the commercial side, so I would like to ask that any
   queries  concerning  Reef Balls be directed to Todd Barber.  I realize
   that  the  question  of artifical reefs vs. "real" reefs is a possibly
   politically  loaded  one,  so I would like to ask that you try to keep
   the  discussion  centered  around natural corals and the natural coral
   reef ecosystem.
       Sincerely yours,
       Jim Hendee


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