[Coral-List] My Last Comment on The Great Guana Cay Debate

Michael Risk riskmj at univmail.cis.mcmaster.ca
Sat Mar 18 09:39:23 EST 2006

Dear Mr. Raines:

While I have some sympathy for your frustration at the amount and
caloric content of some of the Guana postings, I feel the debate has
been cathartic and perhaps even useful.

The Guana input sprang from a broader discussion that has now ranged
from Resiliency to Reef Balls (both questionable concepts, in my
opinion). Along the way, readers have been exposed to many thoughtful
submissions, on the importance of nutrients, need for population
control, and influence of development upon our chosen ecosystem. There
has been a great deal of passion, and perhaps even some wisdom. Jim has
kept a careful eye on the temperature of the debate, and a measure of
decorum reigns.

Guana is a microcosm. If we do not learn from local lessons, we will be
unable to act globally. The "free energy" of the debate simply reflects
the free spirits that subscribe. Personally, I think it is PRECISELY
for this sort of exchange that coral-list exists.


PS-I repeat, I have no financial stake in Guana. My interest is

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