[Coral-List] Bleaching refuges
douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Thu Mar 31 17:58:34 EDT 2016
In the U.S., there is a national law called the "Clean Water Act." I
believe the U.S. federal government Environmental Protection Agency is
designated to enforce it. Some states may have similar state laws and
agencies. I am not familiar enough with any of these to say whether they
would cover this sort of thing, but they might.
On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 10:38 AM, Pedro M Alcolado <gmalcolado at gmail.com>
> Funding should come from environmental agencies in charge of
> controlling land based pollution from rivers close to coral reefs.
> Indeed it is quite difficult to be achieved being it a very expensive
> and complex intervention. I think it is worth to try to demand
> cleaning or improving pollution control of such polluted rivers by
> local or national relevant stakeholders and governmental instances in
> charge. Do you have any other idea about achieving it in some degree?
> There are many examples of rivers where luxuriant coral reefs thrived
> very close to their mouth in the past.
> On 3/30/16, Damien Beri <beridl at g.cofc.edu> wrote:
> > I agree, where would funding come from?
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >> On Mar 29, 2016, at 4:03 PM, Douglas Fenner <
> douglasfennertassi at gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >> Paul,
> >> Well said, thank you very much for this idea. I think this idea is a
> >> good one, and well worth trying. We don't seem to have any other
> >> at this point, and it could well work. Cheers, Doug
> >>> On Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 12:40 PM, Paul Muir <paul.muir at qm.qld.gov.au>
> >>> wrote:
> >>> I proposed this idea many years ago (~2005!) on coral list and am
> >>> wondering if anyone ever tried anything like this? Given the current
> >>> bleaching on the northern GBR and likelihood of other areas being hit
> >>> soon
> >>> perhaps it's worth someone doing a trial? Desperate times..
> >>> Severe coral bleaching events can cause very high levels of coral
> >>> morality
> >>> and the recovery of reefs following such events can be very slow. For
> >>> example, recovery of corals in the Seychelles Islands following the
> >>> severe
> >>> 1998 bleaching event was extremely slow and regional extinction of some
> >>> species a possibility. Localised extinctions and slow recovery could be
> >>> mitigated if small areas of reef were protected during bleaching
> >>> corals have extremely high fecundity and only a few healthy
> >>> of
> >>> each species would needed to accelerate recovery. Field observations
> >>> studies of the physiology of coral bleaching suggest that shading
> >>> during a high temperature event can reduce mortality rates. Small areas
> >>> of
> >>> reef (to 10,000m2 area) could be provided with moderate shading by the
> >>> use
> >>> of floating covers similar to those used in farm dams and industrial
> >>> ponds.
> >>> Such covers are light, float upon the water surface and could be
> >>> deployed from a small boat during a high-temperature event. The covers
> >>> would be held in place with small anchors and inflatable seams would
> >>> provide a flexible, semi-rigid structure that would resist small waves
> >>> and
> >>> swells at a protected site. High temperature bleaching events typically
> >>> occur during very flat, calm conditions over just a few weeks which
> >>> makes
> >>> deploying floating covers such as this feasible. Real-time monitoring
> >>> the development of bleaching conditions and small-scale engineering
> >>> solutions may become increasingly important for the preservation of
> >>> thermally sensitive species at local scales.
> >>> I can supply some ideas for a test-scale floating cover on request.
> >>> Dr. Paul Muir
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> >> Sea level is now rising at the fastest rate in 3,000 years.
> >> Miami is flooding: "The Siege of Miami, as temperatures rise, so will
> >> levels." Sea level rising an inch a year there.
> >> http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/12/21/the-siege-of-miami
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