[Coral-List] ECOBIOBALL??

Sarah Frias-Torres sfrias_torres at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 18 14:13:10 EDT 2012

.... So it will be ok to throw golf balls into the ocean. 
Completely against all the hard work we are doing to change people's behavior, so they don't throw trash into the ocean.
I would take all those ecobioball  claims with a grain of salt.
According to their web site, this company is based in Barcelona. My family there has never heard of this company, ever. Not even in the news.They've never been showcased in any of the major newspapers either. I find that interesting.
So I went ahead, contacted the company and asked them for written evidence of all the claims they are making.
I'll keep coral-list posted on any updates.
In the meantime, I'll repeat what I say to every golfer out there: "Don't lose your balls". (pun intended)

Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D. Schmidt Ocean Institute Postdoctoral FellowOcean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) 1420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, Florida 34949 USA Tel (772) 467-1600http://www.teamorca.orghttp://independent.academia.edu/SarahFriasTorres

> Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:33:06 -0400
> From: info at wiseoceans.com
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> Subject: [Coral-List] ECOBIOBALL??
> Dear Coral-list,
> I run a marine awareness and conservation company called WiseOceans and we
> (along with other things) provide Marine Educators at resorts.  One of the
> luxury resorts we work at is planning on introducing ECOBIOBALL by Albus
> Golf.  www.albusgolf.com
> I have not had any experience of these before and am keen to gather
> scientific opinion on the environmental and ethical pros and cons of these
> golf balls.
> According to their website ECOBIOBALL is the first ever ecological and
> biodegradable golf ball to contain fish food in its core.  It is 100% safe
> for marine flora and fauna, is manufactured using non-contaminating
> materials, and is certified as a biodegradable and non-toxic product. 
> Once the golf ball has been hit into the water, its external layer
> biodegrades in less than 48 hours, releasing the fish food contained in
> its core into the surrounding water.
> One concern is that the same type of ball and therefore fish food is used
> for fresh and salt water, would that be an issue?  I also have
> reservations on fish feeding as a whole as it can often change behaviour.
> I would appreciate some thoughts.  Thanks so much
> Kind regards
> Abbie
> -- 
> Abbie Hine
> www.WiseOceans.com
> "In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we
> understand and we will understand only what we are taught"  Baba Dioum
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