[Coral-List] removal of rigs

Szmant, Alina szmanta at uncw.edu
Tue Feb 19 13:50:04 EST 2013

Seems like the bigger issue is not that they should be removed, but that removal should NOT be by blowing them up and killing everything on them!  Corals could even be removed and transplanted to needy locations like they did for Navy seawall in Key West

Dr. Alina M. Szmant
Professor of Marine Biology
Center for Marine Science and Dept of Biology and Marine Biology
University of North Carolina Wilmington
5600 Marvin Moss Ln
Wilmington NC 28409 USA
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-----Original Message-----
From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Steve Mussman
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:27 AM
To: Eugene Shinn
Cc: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] removal of rigs

   Here is an issue truly replete with irony.

   While we should all be concerned about the impact of the demolition of these
   artificial reefs and the collateral damage it inflicts on resident fish
   populations, the consternation voiced by the oil industry based on distress
   over environmental impact is difficult to take seriously.

   The question is, in this case does it really matter.

    The oil companies would love to be absolved of the liability and expense
   that current regulations require. Sports fishermen, divers and spearfishing
   enthusiasts are also understandably disturbed over the prospect of losing
   many of their highly-valued domains.

    At the same time, these varied affected interests have been conspicuously
   silent in the debate over the  greater threat that climate change presents
   to coral reefs and other marine ecosystems around the world.

   It  would  be  nice  to think that perhaps this issue might present an
   opportunity  to  develop  alliances  that  could coordinate efforts to
   effectively confront these issues into the future.



   For more background on the oil rig issue:



   -----Original Message-----
   >From: Eugene Shinn
   >Sent: Feb 18, 2013 4:05 PM
   >To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
   >Subject: [Coral-List] removal of rigs
   >This may be of interest to people on the list. Gene
   >No Rocks, No Water, No Ecosystem (EAS)
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   1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42189-2005Apr10.htmlis
   2. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/39195347/ns/us_news-environment/
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