FWD>Press Release -First La

Jack, Sobel SOBELJ at dccmc.mhs.compuserve.com
Wed Mar 20 19:04:36 EST 1996

Response to recent posting by Mark Eaking below of Press Release on  
Large-scale coral reef removal and replanting: 

Let's not forget what mitigation projects are all about, at best they are  
designed to minimize or make-up for damage/destruction.  While  
transplanting mitigation may beat reef annihilation, the destruction of  
natural reefs for port development hardly seems worthy of hoopla and  
celebration.  Even if necessary, it seems that we should be saddened  
somewhat by the price we must pay in lost natural habitat.  Furthermore,  
to declare the project an overwhelming success story because most of the  
transplanted corals are still alive a few months after the initial reef  
removal and transplant seems especially ludicrous.  Am I missing  
something here? 

Original message follows: 
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     Southwest Region, Pacific Area Office, 2570 Dole Street, Room 106,  
     Honolulu, HI 96822. 

        John Naughton                           March 20,1996 
        at (808) 973-2940 (Honolulu, HI) 
        or Sue Smith (619) 546-7070 (San Diego, CA) 



        In the first large-scale coral transplant project ever conducted,  

     nearly fourteen tons of live corals have been successfully  

     transplanted from one location to another in Kawaihae Bay, Hawaii,  

     Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric  

     announced today. The project was recommended by NOAA's National  

     Fisheries Service and funded by the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers to  

     mitigate coral loss during proposed harbor construction and to  

     nearby reefs.  

        "The Kawaihae project has been an unprecedented success, with  
     ninety-nine percent  of the coral surviving relocation," said Hilda  
     Diaz Soltero, Director of NMFS' Southwest Region. "This study proves  

     that large quantities of these living animals can survive the trauma  

     of transplant."  The coral was transplanted from areas that will be  
     disrupted by harbor construction that begins next week , and will be  

     moved from holding areas to reefs damaged during past harbor  
     construction in the bay.  

        Since September, live corals have been taken from the  
     of three  proposed new  breakwaters and relocated to a large  
     site and seven experimental sites ranging from 10 to 50 feet of  
     all within a half mile of the proposed small boat harbor at  
     Participants in the project include NMFS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife  

     Service, Corps of Engineers, State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic  
     Resources, and the staff and students of the University of Hawaii  
     Institute of Marine Biology and Hawaii Preparatory Academy.  

        "Volunteer divers from the Science Department of Hawaii  
     Academy have been instrumental the  transplant effort," said John  
     Naughton, Pacific Island Environmental Coordinator  

     for NMFS' Southwest Region. Coral heads were carefully detached  by  
     divers and gently placed in large wire trays which were then lifted  
     off the bottom and transported while still submerged to transplant  
     sites by boat. 

        "We'll continue to monitor coral transplant sites during and  
     the nearby harbor construction to see how they fare," said Naughton.  

     Students and staff from University of Hawaii Institute of Marine  
     Biology are under contract to monitor the transplant sites for three  

     years to obtain data on the growth rates and mortality of the coral.  

        The coral animals themselves are tiny, cuplike creatures with  
     fragile bodies about which they secrete a hard stony skeleton. They  
     emerge only at night when their tentacles expand to sweep the sea  
     planktonic food.  Restored coral reefs should provide new habitat  
     many species of fish and sea turtles. 

        The National Marine Fisheries Service, an agency of the National  
     Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, studies and manages U.S.  
     living marine resources and is responsible for the protection of  
     marine mammals and sea turtles as well as marine habitats and  
     endangered species.  

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