[Coral-List] Why we are failing to repair coral reefs

Szmant, Alina szmanta at uncw.edu
Mon Oct 20 18:19:29 EDT 2014

Hello Peter:

I read your essay in Reef Encounters.  All I will add is that if all we (whoever we is) are focused on is saving coral reefs, we are doomed to failure..  Coral reefs are just one of many ecosystems on Planet Earth that are in distress and being wiped out systematically due to the human cancer:  forests (rain and temperate, and all other kinds), wetlands, tundra, coastal plains, estuaries, and on and on.  We can't hope to save one without saving them all, and to do that in the long term, we have to somehow reduce human numbers to half of those inhabiting Earth today.  It may be too late already, but the longer we wait to even recognize the root of the problem and get moving to do something about it, the less likely that this will happen in time to save the organisms and ecosystems we know and value.


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Dr. Alina M. Szmant
Professor of Marine Biology
AAUS Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Center for Marine Science
University of North Carolina Wilmington
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From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Peter Sale
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 1:03 PM
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Subject: [Coral-List] Why we are failing to repair coral reefs

I recently penned a comment on why we are, for the most part, failing in 
our efforts to repair and sustain coral reefs, despite the efforts of many 
dedicated and hard-working people.  It appeared in Reef Encounter, the 
on-line news journal of ISRS, and many readers of this list will have seen 
it already.  Thinking it might be worth wider dissemination, I've now put 
it up on my blog, with some pretty pictures attached.  You can access the 
blog at www.petersalebooks.com/?p=1708  and you can see the original in 
Reef Encounter which can be downloaded from the ISRS website at 
http://coralreefs.org/  Reef Encounter has lots of interesting content 
(perhaps even more interesting than my comment)!

If you are a member of ISRS, you could also think of nominating someone to 
the ISRS Council, and if you are not a member, think about joining this 
international coral reef science community.

Peter Sale

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