[Coral-List] Unintended consequences of golf balls in the ocean RE: ECOBIOBALL

Sarah Frias-Torres sfrias_torres at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 25 15:39:27 EDT 2012

Talking about throwing golf balls into the ocean, I just remembered this one. Only 2.5 minutes. Worth watching until the end.
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: Sun, 24 Jun 2012 09:34:52 -0400
> From: info at wiseoceans.com
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> Subject: Re: [Coral-List] ECOBIOBALL
> Apologies to dredge up this topic having thanked everyone for their
> responses.  But I thought I might give some more details as it may prove
> useful to make the discussion more focused and specific to where the balls
> may be used (nothing is decided yet so it may not happen) but then again
> everything may already have been said!
> There is no golf course, the resort guests would be driving off from the
> beach into the sea, a bay in fact where there is a coral reef popular with
> snorkelers.  The snorkelers will not be snorkelling in the line of fire
> however!  Due to there not being a golf course the implications of
> fertilisers are not present.  So the impacts are really from the balls
> themselves and I don't think they will be used in huge numbers.  Then the
> other issue of changes in behaviour and attracting fish and then other
> fish who may be attracted by the other fish....
> At certain times of year there can be strong wave action within the bay so
> one concern is the number of balls that will just get washed straight back
> onto the beach as they do not sink straight away!  But that is less of an
> issue for this discussion really, apart from littering.
> So I wasn't sure if the discussion need go any further as I have many
> valid points from before but I just wanted to point out there was no golf
> course involved.
> Kind regards
> Abbie
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