[Coral-List] Solomon Islands Reef Status
delbeek at waquarium.org
Sun Oct 28 20:42:56 EDT 2007
In light of recent reports of coral bleaching and coral diseases in
various locales I thought a little good news might be welcomed.
I recently returned from 12 days of diving in the Solomon Islands
(Russell Islands, Mari Island, eastern Morovo Lagoon and the Arnavon
Islands) and can report that the corals on these reefs (primarily
Acropora, Isopora and Porites dominated) appeared very healthy and
vibrant. Some on the trip have been diving these reefs for over 15 years
and have seen several bleached and storm damaged over that period. Those
reefs that were revisited on this trip showed significant recovery over
the last 10 years to the point where it was hard to see any hint of the
damage they suffered. In one case, a large head of Isopora that appeared
completely dead ~10 years ago has successfully regrown its old skeleton
with new growth and added new branches.
It appears that, at least in this case, some types of coral reefs can
recover, given the proper conditions, from seemingly drastic insults.
J. Charles Delbeek M.Sc.
Aquarium Biologist III
University of Hawaii
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Honolulu, HI, 96815
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