[Coral-List] Sunscreen, corals, and the usual suspects

Gene Shinn eshinn at marine.usf.edu
Thu Dec 6 13:20:51 EST 2007

C. Kruer responded to Sara Peck and Kee Alfian's concern about lack 
of information on sunscreen effects on coral with, "I'd suggest that 
research into direct anthropogenic impacts to corals focus on anchor 
damage, physical impacts of careless divers, trap fisheries that drop 
lb traps onto coral and wrap poly line around them, illegal harvesting,
dredging, siltation, groundings, etc.  Maybe if we could get
universities and other programs  to bite the bullet and focus on
difficult real world  issues we could gain some ground."
      With all due respects, in my experience these "difficult real 
world issues" have been a major obvious focus of concern (and likely 
millions of dollars) for the past 40 years. Unfortunately,  the 
corals for some unknown other reasons just keep on dying.  Maybe we 
need to look outside the box.


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