[Coral-List] Coral Larvae Settlement on Glass

Iain Macdonald dr_iamacdonald at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Jul 10 16:59:05 EDT 2011

There is a good reason why a lot of countries are signatory to the london convetion of 1972 to prevent dumping at sea. Although in reality putting "resources" underwater for improving the marine environment rarely succeds especially when we look at timescales of decades, more resources should be concentrated on reducing the numerous stressors created by a large human population, (e.g., airport expansions, golf courses, etc..)  what are the reasons for the reef damage that the hotel want to repair?
There must be 100 and 1 reuse options for wine bottles other than dumping at sea?
Iain Macd.

--- On Fri, 8/7/11, Bill Allison <allison.billiam at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Bill Allison <allison.billiam at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Coral Larvae Settlement on Glass
To: "Joseph Marlow" <joemarlow_2000 at yahoo.co.uk>
Cc: "coral-list coral-list" <Coral-List at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
Date: Friday, 8 July, 2011, 14:33

Hi Joe,

It is common to see corals growing on bottles especially old bottles that
have been abraded by sand, but usually the sand and bottle mobility
constrain growth. Perhaps both attracting larvae and their subsequent
adherence would be improved by etching or abrading the eternal surface but I
wonder if it could be economically done (e.g., by sand-blasting). If bottles
of various types - not just wine (think mouth openings) - were used and
organized in an appropriate manner you might have a experiment by which you
could learn about the effects of cavity opening size on the community of
coral associated mobile fauna.

A downside could be the usual for such structures, a significant physical
disturbance smashing gabions and bottles and littering the reef, posing an
aesthetic and possibly physical hazard, especially in the shallows.


On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 8:36 AM, Joseph Marlow <joemarlow_2000 at yahoo.co.uk>wrote:

> Dear Listers,
> Does anybody have any information on coral larvae settlement on glass? I
> work for an environmental education organisation in Peninsular Malaysia and
> we work in conjunction with a beach resort that produces a large amount of
> waste wine bottles but has no means of recycling them. The suggestion is to
> sink the bottles in Gabion baskets on damaged areas of the reef in an effort
> to encourage new coral growth, however there is some suggestion that coral
> larvae will not settle on the glass. Do any listers have any experience of
> creating artificial reefs using old wine bottles?
> Thanks and regards
> Joe Marlow
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