[Coral-List] Fwd: Parrotfish

Martin Moe martin_moe at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 4 13:37:38 EDT 2014

Thank you, Charles. Fortunately I’m not alone in my
conviction that the return of Diadema in ecologically functional numbers is
essential to the health and redevelopment of the coral reefs of the Bahamas,
the Caribbean and Florida. And Tom Capo, Dave Vaughan, and I have demonstrated
that it is quite possible to spawn and rear hundreds to thousands of Diadema to
the early juvenile stage as well as to reproductively functional adults. There
are still problems to be solved and the technology of restoration of Diadema on
the reefs is yet to be developed, but continued effort will require a program
with commitment, adequate funding, and personnel. One would think that the economic and
environmental value of our coral reefs would stimulate development of a serious
Diadema restoration program somewhere within this great area of tropical Atlantic
coral reefs.

Martin Moe

On Monday, August 4, 2014 8:22 AM, "Delbeek, Charles" <CDelbeek at calacademy.org> wrote:

I think Marin Moe has stated here on more than one occasion that the real control on seaweeds in the Caribbean is Diadema not parrotfish, many species of which won't even touch macroalgae. More effort and resources should be directed towards reestablishing this keystone invertebrate herbivore to Caribbean reefs and less on discussing what might help. It has already been shown that Diadema, when in sufficient numbers, reduce algal cover and increase frequency of coral recruits. In my personal opinion, there is already a solution identified, resources just needed to implemented into putting it into action.

If some billionaire is looking to leave a legacy, then what better way than supporting Diadema culture and reintroductions to save Caribbean coral reefs from becoming algal reefs?

J. Charles Delbeek, M.Sc.

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Subject: [Coral-List] Fwd: Parrotfish

Some may find this interesting.  Any discussion?

Protect parrotfish, protect the reef?


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