[Coral-List] Everglades & the Keys

Jim Hendee jim.hendee at noaa.gov
Wed Jul 2 07:24:37 EDT 2008


  Sorry, I can't subscribe to that kind of negative energy, so I'll keep 
my hopes up.  I started living in South Florida in 1950, so I, too, have 
seen the Keys and the Everglades "before" and "after" (i.e., now).   I 
have belief that "getting the water right" can do nothing but make 
things better; and besides, what's the alternative, wring my hands and 
bemoan the failure of others and watch everything go down the tubes?  I 
say work with the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades 
National Park, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Florida 
Department of Environmental Protection, the Fish & Wildlife Service, and 
the numerous other agencies and academic institutions in South Florida 
to fight the good fight and try to realize the vision before us where 
things take the turn for the better before we check out.  Why not do that? 

  All your'n,

On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 9:28 PM, <coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov 
<mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>> wrote:

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From: Gene Shinn <eshinn at marine.usf.edu <mailto:eshinn at marine.usf.edu>>
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Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 12:32:45 -0400
Subject: Everglades & the Keys
Jim, Coral  demise in the Florida  Keys began in the late 1970s and 
peaked during 1983-84 and has been in decline ever since.  As you know I 
had been diving and observing  Keys reefs since the 1950s. The peak of 
coral decline (Acropora death, black band disease, Diadema die-off, and 
Sea Fan disease to name a few) occurred during the much publicized El 
Nino that paralleled the largest influx of African dust in recent 
history.  What happened in Florida happened simultaneously throughout 
the Caribbean basin around small islands with minimal or no human 
population. I would not get my hopes up about seeing much change related 
to the Everglades project.  Gene

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