[Coral-List] Shading corals / Preventing mass bleaching
alexandra.barron at banyantree.com
Sat Jan 6 00:14:15 EST 2007
I was wondering if any one might help us by sharing their ideas or
techniques for shading corals to reduce bleaching. In 1997/98 our house
reef was essentially destroyed in the mass bleaching event driven by the
El Nino induced conditions. Our reef has 'recovered' although still not
at it's former glory. We are anticipating similar problems this year
with an extremely hot and dry six months forecast and would like to try
to negate or alleviate impacts caused by environmental conditions. We
are currently monitoring environmental conditions, including sea
temperature, air temperature, cloud cover, UV index, wind and sea state.
In addition to this we carefully manage the reef to ensure that all
other aspects of its condition remain optimal for health.
Has anyone tried any means of protecting or shading corals which they
would be kind enough to share with us, if it is part of ongoing research
we could perhaps collaborate on the project and assist in collecting
data. Or does anyone know of, or have any, ideas of how we might go
I would like to thank you for your time and your help, and look forward
to your replies,
Manager, Marine Lab
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, N Male' Atoll, Maldives
Tel. (960) 664 31 47
Fax. (960) 664 38 43
Email. alexandra.barron at banyantree.com
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