[Coral-List] Lyngbya bloom, boynton beach Florida
kevin at diveboyntonbeach.com
Sat Apr 10 15:49:57 EDT 2010
Hello coral listers!
Long time reader, new poster... Thank you for the resource.
I am a conservation minded dive operater in south Florida, on the
Atlantic side just south of Palm Beach.
We have been experiencing intermittent lyngbaya blooms on our reefs
for at least seven years (that's how long I've been here). The blooms
were at first attributed to a sewage outfall south of here that was
shut down after a great deal of hard work by Ed Tichenor, but last
fall and winter the bloom has returned with a vengance.
The bacteria is decimating all of the gorgonians and sea fans, and
even has begun to spread to some varieties of sponges.
If anyone has students that are looking for a subject for independent
study, I would like to offer our boat, personnel and equipment free
of charge. I am Grateful for any help we can get!
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