Brighter Prospects

Gregor Hodgson rcgregor at
Mon Aug 25 22:52:39 EDT 1997

Re: Brighter Prospects for the World's Coral Reefs?

It is great that Science is devoting space to coral reefs, however, no
doubt a majority of us do not agree with the headline for this story,
which simply reflects the bias of the news writer who clearly tried hard
to fit the available info into her own rosy view of the world. That job
was not easy, hence, there are many logic gaps and contradictions in the
story. When juxtaposed with the headline, the best is, 

"By any criterion, though, there has been little progress toward
stemming the decline of reefs." p. 493.

If you agree that this story was a poorly written, confused
misrepresentation of the prevailing scientific view on the prospects for
the health of coral reefs and coral reef fish, please send a note to
Christine Gilbert, letters editor of Science at:

science_letters at
Gregor Hodgson, PhD
Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development
Research Centre, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clearwater Bay, Kowloon, HONG KONG
e-mail: rcgregor at        
tel: (852) 2358-8568      fax: (852) 2358-1582
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