[Coral-List] The Saga of Dean Jacobson and Majuro Coral Mining (Jim Hendee)

Steve Mussman sealab at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 19 14:35:01 EDT 2014

   Good idea Dennis.
   I think the Marshall Islands EPA Facebook page is a very good place to
   It would be interesting to see how they would respond to the sudden influx
   of a couple of thousand critical comments.
   And how about copying and posting those same comments on their newspaper's
   site as well?
   At least let them know we're here and that Dean doesn't stand alone.
   -----Original Message-----
   >From: Dennis Hubbard
   >Sent: Mar 19, 2014 10:50 AM
   >To: mtupper
   >Cc: coral list
   >Subject: Re: [Coral-List] The Saga of Dean Jacobson and Majuro Coral Mining
   (Jim Hendee)
   >Hi all:
   >I very quickly signed Dean's petition way back when, so I assume that path
   >isn't working well. More recently I have been researching places to write
   >and at least be a thorn in their side. I just posted on the Facebook page
   >for the Marshall Islands EPA office (see url below). I didn't check the
   >option to "like" the page.
   >I seem to remember Jim posting that we had reached 8,000 members. If this
   >is correct, we have a significant strength in numbers. If we pass around
   >any information on agencies/individuals that could be flooded by 8,000
   >individual emails that would at least raise the specter that the word's out
   >(other than our congress - they've been oh so effective lately).
   >And, we need to make each one personal - not just a document with a bunch
   >of electronic signatures. Clicking on "sign me up" doesn't take much
   >initiative and folks who receive these know it. But 8,000 individually
   >crafted objections by obviously cranky members of the scientific community
   >could make some difference. I talked about sea-level rise in my class today
   >and brought in both our recent research on SL vs reef building.... and
   >Dean's saga. The result is a good number outraged students - so we have a
   >couple more dozen voices.
   >I will continue to look for outlets in between lecturing and being chair.
   >If we can share these, we might be able to create a sort of clearinghouse
   >that we could use to build a unified response to what is a clearly
   >rediculous situation. I have learned that it derives largely from the
   >Marshall Islands renewed status under the Compact of Free Association
   >following WWII and all the wonderful things we did to these islands.
   >On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM, mtupper wrote:
   >> Jim, would it be worthwhile sending all the Coral-List discussions about
   >> Dean's
   >> saga along with a petition to some decision-makers who might have the
   >> clout to
   >> intervene?
   >> Just a thought...
   >> Mark
   >> Dr. Mark Tupper
   >> Coastal Resources Association
   >> 2503-13618 100 Ave., Surrey, BC, Canada V3T 0A8
   >> www.coastal-resources.org
   >> Email: mtupper at coastal-resources.org
   >> Tel. 1-778-903-6420
   >> > On March 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM "Delbeek, Charles" >> >
   >> > wrote:
   >> >
   >> >
   >> > What I find somewhat disturbing is that this not new, Dean has been
   >> actively
   >> > petitioning this list for help in raising awareness at all levels of
   >> > government for this issue, yet it seems as if some are treating this as
   >> new..
   >> > It is not ... Dean has been waging this battle for several years, with
   >> little
   >> > help from those in a position to actually help.
   >> >
   >> > J. Charles Delbeek, M.Sc.
   >> >
   >> >
   >> > -----Original Message-----
   >> > From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
   >> > [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Carly
   >> Kenkel
   >> > Sent: Friday, March 14, 2014 11:27 AM
   >> > To: coral list
   >> > Subject: Re: [Coral-List] The Saga of Dean Jacobson and Majuro Coral
   >> Mining
   >> > (Jim Hendee)
   >> >
   >> > Dear Coral-Listers,
   >> >
   >> > I feel compelled to write in support of Dean Jacobson and his attempts
   >> > raise awareness concerning the impending doom of reefs in Majuro. I had
   >> the
   >> > pleasure of meeting Dean in 2010 when I spent a few weeks in the US
   >> > Marshall Islands sampling corals as part of NOAA funded project aimed
   >> > evaluating genetic connectivity of Acroporids across Micronesia. Dean
   >> > kind enough to introduce me to the local reefs and share some of his
   >> > documenting reef diversity in the region.
   >> >
   >> > The fragile status of reefs in and around Majuro are a conservation
   >> > biologist's worst nightmare. Majuro and Arno contain some of the most
   >> > striking atolls I have ever seen. The structure of these reefs is
   >> > breathtaking and though far from pristine, there are coral species on
   >> these
   >> > island that I have never seen anywhere else, such as the super-rare
   >> > "elkhorn" coral that made headlines a few years ago (
   >> >
   >> ).
   >> > However, these islands are also some of the most impoverished in
   >> > Micronesia, combining the worst attributes of a US-funded welfare state
   >> > with a social structure that places all the wealth and power in the
   >> > of a corrupt minority.
   >> >
   >> > While I'm sure the Marshallese care about their home, reef conservation
   >> > will always take a backseat to feeding their families. There are
   >> > individuals and organizations involved in conservation efforts in
   >> > However, I witnessed as members of a conservation organization on
   >> > turned a blind eye to a massive female turtle when she rolled onto the
   >> dock
   >> > in Arno, filling the bed of a truck, belly up. She was caught while
   >> digging
   >> > a nest on the beach and destined to be the prime delicacy at a birthday
   >> > cook-out back on Majuro.
   >> >
   >> > Given Dean's experience and my own observations, I do not think local
   >>  > efforts to prevent dredging are capable of success. However, the
   >> > Islands are a US protectorate, and clearly the FAA and EPA have some
   >> > control over this project. I know people who read this listserv have
   >> > connections to policy makers in the US.. As Dr. Hendee pointed out,
   >> > can be done. If you are able, please take the time to make inquiries
   >> about
   >> > the runway extension project at Majuro. I believe our combined efforts
   >> can
   >> > make an impact.
   >> >
   >> > Best,
   >> >
   >> > Carly
   >> >
   >> > --
   >> > Carly Kenkel
   >> > PhD Candidate
   >> > Dept of Integrative Biology
   >> > The Univ of Texas at Austin
   >> > carly.kenkel at gmail.com
   >> > office: 512-475-6424
   >> > cell: 623-910-2394
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   >Dennis Hubbard
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