[Coral-List] Artificial Reefs

Heather Spence heatherspence at juno.com
Wed Nov 18 00:10:14 EST 2009

Dear Kristen,
The help vs. harm of artificial reefs depends on a few considerations:

1) In the hierarchy of management decisions - Respect, Restore, Replace -
artificial reefs are the third option.

2) What type of habitat is the artificial reef replacing?

3) Artificial reefs can be a strategy for taking pressure off natural reefs,
but there are unknowns - what populations will they attract? will they
lessen impacts on natural reefs? attract invasive species? ...

There are many types of artificial reefs, and many locations in which they
might be used, and each one would be an individual situation.


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Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 18:05:53 -0500
From: Kristen Nunn <kristennunn at gmail.com>
Subject: [Coral-List] Artifical Reefs
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Do you have any ideas of whether or not artificial reefs are more harmful
than helpful?
Thank you.



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