[Coral-List] Qatari Reefs

Medio, David MedioD at halcrow.com
Tue Jun 17 04:38:06 EDT 2008

Dear Greg

I agree with Gene re Iain.

I have worked a lot in Qatar in the past 10 years and would say that the
single greatest threat to Qatari reefs, aside from the bleaching events
that decimated reefs across the country in 1996, 1998 and 2000, comes
from the increasing levels of coastal development, Dubai style.

One might argue - as large developers have - that reefs in Qatar are few
and far between (in fact most are in the form of patches) but by the
same token that is the same for many parts of the Gulf. The issue I have
always argued - and reported in an unpublished paper with the Natural
History Museum - is that (a) these reefs are what the countries
concerned actually have and they should be preserved as such and,
crucially, (b) reefs in Qatar and Abu Dhabi and the Gulf in general are
those living at the extreme thresholds in terms of salinity and
temperature (the latter in absolute terms and in terms of range) and
could not only provide info on corals tolerances in general but may
indeed be seen as a living laboratory on how corals might react to
elevated SST such as those increasingly occurring world wide ( with
bleaching as a key and most visible effect).

Do get in touch if you wish to discuss more.


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      (Arrecifes de coral)
      (Monica Medina)
   5. Re: community involvement and reefs (Amelia Wenger)


Message: 1
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 12:23:30 -0400
From: Gene Shinn <eshinn at marine.usf.edu>
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Greg,  I suspect you will soon hear from Ian Mcdonald who lives in Qatar
and works on such problems.
I lived there for 2.5 years in the mid 1960s when oil pollution clearly
was not a concern to the native population. In spite of this lack of
concern, which  has changed since then or you would not be asking the
question, I never observed negative effects of crude oil spills ( and
there were many throughout the Gulf). As nearly as I could determine,
high water temperatures during most of the year accelerated bacterial
degradation of any spilled crude oil. The most devastating event was a
cold snap in February 1964 that literally killed all the Acroporid
corals around Qatar but spared brain corals. 
I described the event in (Shinn; E. A., 1976, Coral reef recovery in
Florida and the Persian Gulf:  Environmental Geology, v. 1, p. 
241-254.)  Fish, sea snakes, and manatees, were also  killed by the cold
along with many other forms of marine life.
Similar death of corals occurred during the 1997-98 worldwide el Nino.
Coral biologist Ian Mcdonald was there to investigate that event.  Ok
Ian, Your turn. Gene

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Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 13:07:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: leila cara <leilacara at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Coral-List] Vanuatu reef check
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&nbsp;I will be going to Vanuatu and to PNG from mid July to September
to participate in a reef check program. Do you have any suggestions to
help raise local and touris awareness there regarding the reefs. Are
there any other projects we could visit? We are a crew of 3 (Captain,
scientist, SCUBA instructor-me!- ) who will be traveling aboard a 30+
foot sailboat.
&nbsp; I have never been to this area so all advice is greatly
Thanks, Leila

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Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 22:11:28 +0200
From: Arrecifes de coral <corales2006 at hotmail.com>
Subject: [Coral-List] Success of coral reefs environmental campaigns
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Environmental campaigns are intended to change negative attitudes and
behaviors. The fact that more coral reef scientists have thought over
their role of communicating to their students, local community and serve
as examples of environmental friendly living standards are good signs
for success of environmental campaigns. More scientific information is
needed to be sent to the media for massive environmental education that
can reach the stakeholders, the policy makers and the general public.
Nevertheless, success of environmental campaigns relies more on the
positive impact caused on behaviors changed due to the stimulated recall
and consideration of mental models of stakeholders, policy makers and
general public. For example by studying the perspectives of the scuba
diving operators that were involved in monitoring management
effectiveness of the National Park Corales del Rosario in Colombia, it
was found that they perceived coral reefs management effectiveness to be
  in the last years, as result of their adaptability and acceptance to
the current health status of the reefs, so they have continued with
their scuba diving activities in the area, behaving as multipliers of
environmental education. The fact is that without environmental
campaigns the human negative impact would be worse and stakeholders
would be unengaged as being part of the solution.
For Coral Listers, every year should be the International Year Of the
Reef (IYOR)  !!! See you all at the 11 ICRS.
Nohora Galvis
ICRI Focal Point for Colombia
Visiting the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED),
Columbia University, New York City, USA> From:
eran.brokovich at mail.huji.ac.il> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 20:40:48 +0300> Subject: [Coral-List] getting the
word out and PSA> > Dear all,> I think that Sarah has a very good point
(well, a few actually, but I will> consider one),> To take advantage of
Airports to spread the word. I would go further and say> to use flights
as a way to reach people (if you put it on a screen in a> flight people
will watch, they can't escape :o))> > I will draw your attention to a
program taking place in Hawaii. An award> winning videographer named
Ziggy Livnat took upon himself to raise awareness> to the coral reefs.
Ziggy recently won a few international prizes for a PSA> on Hawaii coral
reefs named "Hawaii reef etiquette PSA". This PSA is now> screened in
inbound flights to Hawaii and in the local Aquarium and over 2> million
people watch it annually!> The exposure potential is enormous.> > These
are efforts of on  e man. You can do it yourselves or ask him to help.>
Embrace these methods of mass exposure and reach millions each year.> >
Ziggy's web site: http://www.forthesea.com/index.html> > You can view
the PSA there and order it FOR FREE for educational purposes.> I think
the ICRS would be a great venue for this PSA and others, the reef>
protection needs to go public!> > > regards> > Eran Brokovich> > Marine
Twilight-zone Research & Exploration> > The Interuniversity Institute
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Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2008 13:26:24 -0700
From: Monica Medina <mmedina at ucmerced.edu>
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The links to the surveys were truncated in the previous email (appended
below) regarding coral-Symbiodinium genome project surveys.  
Please try these:





Dear coral reef biologist,

Multiple labs are currently pursuing genomic approaches to address
questions in coral biology. Having access to whole genome sequences
would clearly facilitate research in our field. In the past few years,
several white papers have been submitted to multiple agencies by members
of the coral-Symbiodinium research community for whole genome projects.
While receiving positive reviews, mainly due to large genome sizes, the
genome projects have been slow to progress.  
With the advent of the new sequencing technologies, whole genome
projects seem now more feasible than ever. Prioritizing collectively, as
a user community, the choice of species for sequencing would strengthen
our case and could expedite getting to the whole genome goal sooner.

We would appreciate if you take the time to respond to two relevant
surveys regarding the prospects of coral and Symbiodinium genome
projects. We request that you provide your email address to prevent
multiple submissions that may bias the outcome of the surveys. Please
make sure to respond by June 30th.

We are planning to report the results of the survey during the last 30
minutes of our mini-symposium on genomics of coral reef organisms at the
ICRS. We also hope to discuss the different ongoing initiatives.





Your feedback will be instrumental in getting consensus in the whole  
coral reef community to make the most effective use of our brief  
discussion so we can push the genome efforts forward. Your  
involvement in the projects will also be critical from supporting  
white paper submissions to genome annotations, when the time comes.

We look forward to hearing from you and discussing this exciting  
endeavor with all interested parties in July.

M?nica, Mary Alice and Jodi

Monica Medina
Assistant Professor
School of Natural Sciences
University of California, Merced
mailing address: 4225 Hospital Rd, Atwater CA 95301-5142
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fax: 209-228-4053
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Message: 5
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 00:17:47 +1000
From: "Amelia Wenger" <amelia.wenger at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] community involvement and reefs
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I just wanted to say thank you to all the people who responded to my
about local communities and the health of the reef.  I really appreciate
of the input and advice!

Amelia Wenger


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