[Coral-List] NOAA's environmental impact statement for coral restoration
ibb3 at psu.edu
Tue Jun 17 17:30:19 EDT 2008
may I direct your attention to the "DRAFT PROGRAMMATIC ENVIRONMENTAL
IMPACT STATEMENT FOR CORAL RESTORATION IN THE FLORIDA KEYS AND FLOWER
GARDEN BANKS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES" currently open for comments
from the community
The purpose of this document is to describe acceptable coral restoration
techniques including transplantation and reattachment.
"The purpose of this document is to present and analyze the current
technologies available for effective implementation of restoration to
address injury to coral reef resources in these areas of the NMSS;
appropriate analysis of the technologies in this document will provide
for efficient selection and implementation of action when needed."
It is my understanding that this document will serve NOAA as the road
map for conducting restoration. This is the time to help NOAA improve
I am particularly concerned that genetic factors (such as altering
clonal diversity or genetic population structure) seem to not have been
considered in the transplantation/reattachment sections. However, after
intensive literature research on the subject, I concluded that
disregarding genetic factors in coral restoration may have negative
consequences [Baums, IB (2008) Invited Review: A restoration genetics
guide to coral reef conservation. Molecular Ecology 17 (12) , 2796–2811
. Article free at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/mec/17/12].
Iliana B. Baums, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
The Pennsylvania State University
208 Mueller Laboratory
University Park, PA, 16802
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