[Coral-List] NOAA Press Release - 3rd ever Global Bleaching Event Underway

Fundación ICRI Colombia en Pro de los Arrecifes Coralinos icri.colombia at gmail.com
Sat Oct 10 12:41:10 EDT 2015

Dear Colleagues,

There is no need of rocket science, when everybody knows about the
exacerbating effect of nonpoint sources and punctual sources of
pollution towards the coral bleaching events. Other local stress is
caused by overfishing. It is our compromise as scientists to do
something to improve coral reefs conservation at all levels.

Nohora Galvis
Foundation ICRI Colombia
Twiiter @ArrecifesCoral @ICRIcolombia

2015-10-09 12:02 GMT-05:00, Risk, Michael <riskmj at mcmaster.ca>:
> Hi Becky.
> I sort of agree with John, in that (if this was his point) it is hard to
> treat bleaching as a local problem amenable to local solutions. It is easy
> to lapse into pessimism here: to paraphrase Keynes, in the long run, reefs
> are all dead.
> But a thought-experiment can shed light on the need for acting locally.
> List all the reefs that have declined as water quality declined.
> List all the reefs that have improved as WQ improved. (A MUCH smaller sample
> size, but: 2 that I know of.)
> WQ is the most local of local stresses.
> Mike
>> On Oct 9, 2015, at 12:36 PM, Rebecca Vega Thurber <rvegathurber at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> Hi John,
>>  As your friend and colleague I respectfully disagree with your
>> statement.
>> I don't think that the NOAA statement implied that all management must be
>> local. However, there is clear evidence that not only can land based
>> sources of pollution initiate bleaching earlier, it can also increase the
>> severity of the bleaching. Further, the presence of increased nutrient
>> pollution and the resulting effects of overfishing almost certainly
>> reduce
>> the resilience of the reefs experiencing bleaching, such that corals
>> exposed to these local threats cannot recovery as quickly or to the same
>> degree as those in more pristine waters. Perhaps in the face of such
>> outstanding bleaching these factors are minimally important, but in the
>> long term when El Nino events are not at play, these local efforts to
>> reduce the intersecting effects of regional threats (sewage, nutrient
>> pollution, sedimentation and overfishing) and thermal stress from climate
>> are absolutely essential. Further the notion that there is nothing we can
>> do locally is defeatist. Communities must have a way to respond; water
>> quality and fishing management are two ways we maintain healthier reefs
>> even in the face of events like this.
>>     -Becky
>> On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 7:31 AM, Bruno, John <jbruno at unc.edu> wrote:
>>> Mark Eakin did a fantastic job talking about coral bleaching and ocean
>>> warming on NPR yesterday:
>>> http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/10/08/global-bleaching-coral-reefs
>>> But this bit of misinformation in the NOAA press release was
>>> disappointing:
>>> "We need to act locally and think globally to address these bleaching
>>> events. Locally produced threats  to coral, such as pollution from the
>>> land
>>> and unsustainable fishing practices, stress the health of corals and
>>> decrease the likelihood that corals can either resist bleaching, or
>>> recover
>>> from it,” said Jennifer Koss, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
>>> acting
>>> program manager.
>>> So what, has NOAA / CRCP abandoned science-based management?  Despite
>>> our
>>> desire to deal with this global problem locally, the science clearly
>>> does
>>> not support this notion.
>>> JB
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>> --
>> Dr. Rebecca Vega Thurber
>> Assistant Professor of Microbiology
>> Oregon State University
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> Risk, Michael
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