[Coral-List] 82 coral species listing

Dale W Griffin dgriffin at usgs.gov
Wed Jul 11 12:35:19 EDT 2012

Ouch......Shinnfluenza strikes again.........I think CVS or Walgreens 
sells the vaccine.............I would say that someone who initiated and 
sustained an annual photographic record of multiple coral sites in the 
Florida Keys over a 52 year period has a better grasp on the plagues of 
that ecosystem than most........seeding of these corals at various sites 
around Florida (Tortugas, Fort Lauderdale, Vero Beach, and a numerous 
sites through out the Keys) may shed some light on things.......so I 
second Gene's idea.....

"Everybody is ignorant, just on different subjects"
                                           Will Rogers

Dale W. Griffin, Ph.D., MSPH
Environmental/Public Health Microbiologist
United States Geological Survey
2639 North Monroe Street, Suite A-200
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Office phone # - 850-553-3675
Laboratory phone # - 850-553-3659
USGS Tallahassee main office # - 850-553-3640
Fax # - 850-553-3641
Cell # 850-274-3566
email - dgriffin at usgs.gov

Pedro H. Rodríguez <phernanrod at yahoo.com>
"coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov" <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
07/11/2012 12:10 PM
Re: [Coral-List] 82 coral species listing
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Do you reckon that the health of those corals be worse off with their 
listing? Unfortunately, crystal balls were not available in the 70s and 
80s, and so it is hard to know what would have happened, but in all 
likelihood (1) nothing bad for the corals, (2) something good by increased 
public perception on something being wrong in the ECOSYSTEM, and (3) 
something very good as pressure would have been applied to government 
agencies to look for root causes (including the spraying of mosquitoes, 
which seems to be your favorite but unconfirmed pet peeve). Am I missing 
something important from your insistent criticism? 

From: Gene Shinn <eshinn at marine.usf.edu>
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov 
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 3:21 PM
Subject: [Coral-List] 82 coral species listing

I am sitting on my boat in Marathon Florida Having just completed 
photographing my two main serial photography sites. One at Carysfort 
reef and one at Grecian rocks reef. The series is now 52 years in 
length. You can view the first 50 years of this series at the USGS 
What does the series show? The advent of coral diseases in the late 
1970s and the demise of Acropora cervicornis that culminated in 1983 
throughout the Caribbean. Decline due to bleaching and disease has 
continued to the present.  At both study sites which were once lush 
there is no longer any A. cervicornis. I found one small sickly 
colony about the size of a grapefruit at Grecian Rocks. I have to ask 
the question. Had Acropora been listed back in 1984 when it was 
apparent to all that the species was in a spiraling decline would it...
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