[Coral-List] 20 newly listed coral species

Eugene Shinn eugeneshinn at mail.usf.edu
Tue Sep 23 15:22:19 EDT 2014

Mussman and CBD are correct in a Machiavellian sort of way. Listing 
corals as threatened is an effective way to bring attention to dying 
coral reefs. As Machiavelli pointed out 500 years ago in his classic, 
The Prince, creating a frightening outside threat helps control the 
masses. As I observed in the Florida Keys this summer the major reefs 
are mostly dead and there were no live Acroporid corals in the usual 
places. However, the ever-increasing masses of tourist divers clearly 
did not know the difference between a live coral reef and a dead one. I 
guess it doesn't matter as long as the keys economy is flourishing. 
Tourist divers are mesmerized by all the multi colored Parrot fish that 
ironically are part of the problem. The Jeremy Jackson NYT op-ed piece 
Mussman quotes may apply elsewhere but does not apply to Florida Keys 
reef areas.Parrotfish are nibbling the dead corals away so fast coral 
larvae can't gain a foothold. I can't speak for Pacific reefs but the 
thrust of the op-ed clearly does not apply in the Florida Keys. Gene


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