[Coral-List] Reassessing Coral Reefs
sealab at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 25 14:53:41 EDT 2015
I'm working with others to try and encourage the scuba diving industry to
get more proactive
with regard to it's policies on coral reef conservation. As you know, there
has been no progress
within the industry on addressing climate change.. That issue is and has
been a non-starter for
years. Now the question arises as to whether or not to even focus on that
concern going forward.
Many of you seem to be resigned to the fact that that ship has already
sailed. Recent comments seem
to indicate a shift in focus from avoidance to mitigation and adjustment to
a new reality which envisions
coral reefs as a manifestation of the concept of "novel ecosystems". If that
is in fact the case, on what
issues should the industry be focusing if and when it ever becomes willing
to become seriously involved
in developing effective measures designed to conserve the reefs of tomorrow
whatever their composition
may be? Do we shift entirely to land-based pollutants, sedimentation and
over-fishing or do we continue
to press for action or at least policy objectives related to sustainability
and carbon emissions? I need input.
Contact me off-list if necessary, but exchanging ideas openly seems
appropriate and even beneficial.
It would certainly be refreshing to witness a free flow of ideas.
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