[Coral-List] August coral spawning - Flower Garden Banks NMS

Emma.Hickerson at noaa.gov Emma.Hickerson at noaa.gov
Thu Aug 16 11:59:33 EDT 2007

Small amounts of coral spawn were observed at the East Flower Garden
Bank in the NW Gulf of Mexico, on the evening of August 5, 2007.  Water
temperature at depth was 84F. Salinity was measured at 25m at 34.2ppt,
and 31.7ppt on the surface.   This freshwater event was also reflected
in NOAA satellite imagery.

approx. 2120 to 2130 Montastraea cavernosa 17 male colonies releasing sperm
approx. 2130 Montastraea franksi 12 colonies setting/pre spawn
approx. 2130 Diploria strigosa 1 colony releasing gametes

Emma Hickerson
Research Coordinator

G.P. Schmahl

Dr. Peter Vize
University of Calgary

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
4700 Ave. U, Bldg 216
Galveston, TX  77551

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