[Coral-List] Majuro video

Dennis Hubbard dennis.hubbard at oberlin.edu
Mon Jan 7 11:07:13 EST 2013

I just had a chance to look at Dean's Majuro video, which is both
encouraging and sickening.

It is indeed heartening to see that these kinds of stands exist given the
convincing "top down" papers that suggest warming and acidification will
affect even remote sites...... and that our site-specific efforts might be

At the same time, I find it discouraging that we can spend so much time as
"experts" wondering why the public doesn't get all the things we are so
"smart" in "knowing". How effective can we hope to be when we spend as much
time as we have on whether or not listing specific corals is appropriate
while remaining largely voiceless about agencies that can apparently let
this kind of resource be sacrificed for an airport that will probably be
underwater by century's end? While our "free association" with the Marshall
Islands is a flakey relationship, the last time I checked the FAA was still
run by the US. Is thee a way as a collective body of concerned
international citizens we can take this somewhere? Yes, I signed Dean's


On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 3:01 AM, Dean Jacobson <atolldino at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I have posted a new GoPro video of the coral dredging at:
> http://youtu.be/obyOO6Vj-wo
> Its only 16 min, but if you want to jump ahead to the borrow pit, go to
> 12:00.  You can hear me coughing on SCUBA (I recently had a cold, so much
> for my "stealth" approach to the dredge site!).  Hope you like it!  (My
> lousy MS editing program would not do HD, the original is very sharp)
> Suggested responses and instructions offered with the video.
> So, yes the dredging continues, and now PII is applying for a permit to
> continue mining this entire 500m reef for profit, after they have all the
> fill they are contracted to provide for the FAA RSA project (which they
> almost have already, without mining much of the site).  The camel's nose
> got under the tent, and there may be no stopping it.
> I think the video speaks for itself.  Where is the USCRTF when you need it?
> Cheers,
> Dean
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Dennis Hubbard
Dept of Geology-Oberlin College Oberlin OH 44074
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