[Coral-List] Just in time -- plastic coral reefs...
sealab at earthlink.net
Sun Nov 10 18:23:43 EST 2013
Looks like we are getting exactly what we deserve.
Just returned from the annual scuba diving convention (DEMA). Not only is
climate change a non-starter, it is virtually a topic non grata even in the
very few industry-sponsored seminars focusing on conservation issues.
Project Aware, the industry's anointed environmental advocacy tool has
chosen to basically avoid the controversy and focus on other issues. They
are doing a great job on debris removal and shark finning, but their
leadership told me repeatedly that they have chosen not to
prioritize climate change. When I raised the issue in a break-down session
responses varied from the science is not settled to we need to deal with
more local concerns.
It actually gets worse. On the convention floor one speargun manufacturer
had large illuminated displays proudly depicting free divers laying directly
on the corals as if promoting the practice when stalking prey. (Pictures
provided upon request). Only the Save Our Leatherbacks Operation staff
situated where they could do nothing to avoid the disturbing images seemed
to be offended by the insensitivity of the messaging.
Now I can relax and envision the thrill of diving on synthetic 3-D reefs.
Not a moment too soon I might add. I was just beginning to think it was
>From: Gregor Hodgson
>Sent: Nov 9, 2013 1:53 AM
>To: "coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov"
>Subject: [Coral-List] Just in time -- plastic coral reefs...
>Thank goodness our problems with troublesome coral reefs are solvedÂ.
>Gregor Hodgson, PhD
>Reef Check Foundation
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