[Coral-List] Coral bleaching in the western coast of Mexico

Hector Reyes hreyes at uabcs.mx
Thu May 8 11:59:55 EDT 2008

Dear coral listers, a news flash. From february to april we have witnessed
a very strong bleaching in the entire southern region of the gulf of
california and adjacent waters (from 25N to 20N). Pocilloporid corals are
very damaged, and total coral mortality in some areas surpasses 50%; this
figure is higher than the one we reported in 1997-98 for the same region,
after the ENSO. Has anyone else in the western coast of the Americas has
noticed something similar? Gracias.

Hector Reyes

> Hi,
> During research on thermal coral bleaching in the western pacific warm
> pool,
> I noticed that observations of coral bleaching in that region are very
> limited in the reefbase.org database. I would like to know if anyone knows
> of any bleaching episodes not recorded in that database.
> You can see the location of the warm pool here:
> http://roskilde.eas.purdue.edu/~ruben/wpwp.jpg
> If you know of any observations of bleaching in that region, please to
> submit your data on the form that can be found here:
> http://roskilde.eas.purdue.edu/~ruben/bleaching_in_WPWP.php
> Thank you very much for your help, and if you have any questions or
> remarks
> please ask me directly,
> Ruben van Hooidonk
> Purdue University
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Héctor Reyes Bonilla
Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur
Departamento de Biología Marina
Apartado postal 19-B, CP 23080. La Paz, B.C.S.

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