[Coral-List] Alert Diver Article on proposed coral listing

Delbeek, Charles CDelbeek at calacademy.org
Thu May 16 10:39:43 EDT 2013

I think the cost to their bottom line of not taking action is even greater. An article outlining the problem, an immediate or longer term solution is irrelevant as the trends already in play will take a VERY long time to turn around the situation, think more like 40+ generations if this article is correct.


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From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Steve Mussman
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2013 11:26 AM
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov; Mark.Eakin at noaa.gov
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Alert Diver Article on proposed coral listing

   Kudos go out to Mark and Chelsea for their collaborative effort in bringing
   this important issue to the attention of divers around the world. Who knows,
   maybe  it  will  signal the beginning of a new era that will take hold
   throughout the scuba diving industry.
   My fear is that even with the recent revelations from Mauna Loa industry
   leaders will continue to ignore clear indications that rising atmospheric
   and oceanic CO2 levels will be a deadly combination for the world's coral
   reefs.   IMO up to now they have been paralyzed by fear that an assertive
   acknowledgment  and  recognition of the issue along with support for a
   proactive plan to help mitigate the impacts of a changing climate on coral
   reefs will not play well with the polarized political beliefs of the greater
   diving  community.  This  along with concerns that suitable mitigation
   strategies could have an adverse effect on their bottom line has fueled
   I don't believe these fears are justified, but just like on the national and
   international levels it will take courageous leadership to set the proper
    Steve Mussman
    Sea Lab Diving
   -----Original Message-----
   >From: Mark Eakin
   >Sent: May 10, 2013 9:56 AM
   >To: Coral Listserver
   >Subject: [Coral-List] Alert Diver Article on proposed coral listing
   >For those who have not seen it yet, the Spring issue of Alert Diver, the
   magazine of the Divers Alert Network, includes an article entitled "Greater
   Protection for Reef Corals" by C. Mark Eakin, Ph.D., and Chelsey N. Young.
   Alert Diver invited NOAA to contribute this article as part of their "Water
   Planet" column.. The article focuses on major threats to coral species and
   NOAA's proposed listing of 66 species of corals under the Endangered Species
   Act. You can read it online at http://www.alertdiver.com/Protection or on
   page 106 of the print edition.
   >C. Mark Eakin, Ph.D.
   >Coordinator, NOAA Coral Reef Watch
   >National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
   >Center for Satellite Applications and Research
   >Satellite Oceanography & Climate Division
   >e-mail: mark.eakin at noaa.gov
   >url: coralreefwatch.noaa.gov
   >NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP)
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   >"A world without coral reefs is unimaginable."
   >Dr. Jane Lubchenco, March 25 2010
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