[Coral-List] Bleaching observed in Dubai, UAE (Arabian Gulf)

John Burt john.burt.uae at gmail.com
Mon Aug 31 05:47:46 EDT 2009

Widespread coral bleaching has been observed in corals associated with the
windward face of breakwaters in Dubai UAE to a depth of 7 m. Bleaching
affected most species observed, with the most extensive bleaching in Porites
spp.  Favia spp were least affected, although most colonies showed partial
bleaching/discoloration. This bleaching event has been in progress for over
a week at this point.

Relatively little bleaching was observed on leeward breakwater sites and at
two natural reef sites to the west of Dubai in the Jebel Ali area.

John Burt
31 Aug 2009

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