[Coral-List] Help Stop the Lyngbya Bloom

Keven Reed reedkc at comcast.net
Tue May 17 19:17:37 EDT 2005

If you can't get politicians excited about conserving anthozoans or ecological balance, perhaps you could dramatize the dermatitis/skin toxins and other health issues sometimes produced by Lyngbya cyanobacteria, and point out that any ill effects felt by people in the water with Lyngbya blooms are supposed to be reported to the government in Queensland, Australia--see http://www.whs.qld.gov.au/safetylink/health/health06.pdf

Keven Reed, O.D., FAAO
Naval Branch Health Clinic
NAS JAX  Bldg 964
Jacksonville, FL  32212

Office:  904-542-3500  ext 8700
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Etichscuba at aol.com 
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  Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2005 1:28 AM
  Subject: [Coral-List] Help Stop the Lyngbya Bloom

  Since  March 2002 Gulf Stream Reef, Boynton Beach, Florida has been plagued 
  by a  Lyngbya bloom. This reef lies immediately down current from the Delray 
  Beach  ocean outfall. Other coral reef tracts in the area both up current and 
  farther  down current have remained free from the Lyngbya  bloom. 
  The  current NPDES permit for the outfall has no requirement to limit the 
  amount of  nutrients discharged, nor does the permit require any onsite 
  monitoring to  assess the impact of the discharge on the surrounding biological  
  Palm Beach  County Reef Rescue has documented the bloom and generated several 
  reports  detailing our investigations (PDF versions are available on our web 
  site).  See what you can do to help by visiting Reef Rescue @: 
  _http://www.reef-rescue.org_ (http://www.reef-rescue.org)  

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