mild bleaching in St. Croix

Paige Rothenberger prothen at
Mon Jul 30 10:21:18 EDT 2001

Good Morning,

During a sampling for our coral reef monitoring project at Long Reef in St.
Croix, we noticed that about 50% of the Siderastrea siderea colonies we
encountered showed mild bleaching (turning from their normal coloration to a
light blue).  A small portion of those colonies were more intensely
bleached, showing patches of bright blue.  A few isolated Palythoa seem to
be starting to bleach as well.

Paige Rothenberger
University of the Virgin Islands
Center for Marine & Environmental Studies
VI Marine Advisory Service
(340) 692-4043 voice
(340) 692-4047 fax
prothen at

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