[Coral-List] Coral relocation

Steve Coles slcoles at bishopmuseum.org
Mon Sep 30 15:52:41 EDT 2013

For a discussion of coral translocation as it specifically concerns heat tolerant and highly stressed corals in this area of the Arabian Gulf, please see Coles and Riegl Mar Pollut Bull. 2013 "Thermal tolerances of reef corals in the Gulf: a review of the potential for increasing coral survival and adaptation to climate change through assisted translocation." Jul 30;72(2):323-32. Abstract at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23058810.

Steve Coles

From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov [coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml..noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Dennis Hubbard [dennis.hubbard at oberlin.edu]
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 3:41 AM
To: Iain Macdonald
Cc: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Coral relocation

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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