[Coral-List] Coral relocation

Dennis Hubbard dennis.hubbard at oberlin.edu
Mon Sep 30 09:41:40 EDT 2013

I'll be interested to see what this "reef" looks like in 10 years. We
transplanted a bunch of corals years ago in conjunction with a beach
nourishment project. In the short run (~5 years), the transplants did
better than the natural ones nearby that were not moved - owing largely to
the fact that we perched them up a little higher and away from day-to-day
sediment stresses. But over time, that pattern reversed and now they are
all dead from storms, not climate change.

The harsh reality is that moving corals into an area they do not already
inhabit is the equivalent of moving poor folks into a really plush but
burning building - and the only thing that flourishes is the bank account
of the consultant who got the gig for the transplantation. In the VI, there
is a consultant who built a house with gold faucets (literally) on their
profits..... the consultant was jokingly but appropriately referred to by
local environmentalists as the "biostitute".


On Sun, Sep 29, 2013 at 6:49 AM, Iain Macdonald
<dr_iamacdonald at yahoo.co.uk>wrote:

> Interesting bbc video on Dubai's efforts. Perhaps there is data published
> on it aswell. Is this the aquarium with the Whale Shark?
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24297821
> Iain Macd.
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Dennis Hubbard
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