[Coral-List] First Survey Results (Bastiaan Vermonden)

Katherine McLean kmclean at lakeheadu.ca
Fri Jan 20 14:00:06 EST 2012


It is also important to keep in mind that the baseline from which
individuals gauge whether a reef is in "good shape" or not will vary
considerably. While many of us are aware that very few reefs are in
what would historically be considered "good shape", as someone who has
only dived in the Caribbean for the past 10 years my response is
relative to this experience. As I reflect on the response that I gave
I realize now that it perhaps should have been lower, but at the time
what was going through my mind was, "well I know that this location is
about as good as it gets for the region", and so the value is

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Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:27:23 +0100
From: Bastiaan Vermonden <bastiaan.vermonden at gmail.com>
Subject: [Coral-List] First survey results
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Dear coral listers,

First I would like to thank all the coral listers who (already) contributed
a survey, thank you! Right now I have 115 surveys. I was wondering whether
some people might be interested in the inititial results. If you send me an
email I will be happy to provide the data I have right now.

One interesting result I found is that while we talk about the coral reef
crisis nearly all divers still consider the diving destinations in good
shape. On a range of 1 to 5 with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best the
average rating divers gave for diving destinations was 4.28. Of course the
survey data is not random and it could be that right now I am attracting
the biggest optimists but I still think it raises some interesting
questions. Also not every destination had coral reefs but definitely the

If you would still like to contribute a survey or you know someone who
would like to then you can find my survey here.



Bastiaan Vermonden

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