[Coral-List] Our ReefSite is just online in Coral Reefs---> sign up to support us to save Taoyuan Algae Reef in Taiwan
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Fri Sep 22 21:38:49 EDT 2017
Good luck Allen! Now at 4672 signatures.
Coralline algal reefs are abundant in other macrotidal tropical regions,
for example the Kimberley in Western Australia:
and the east coast of Brazil:
On Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 9:40 PM, Allen Chen <acropora.chen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Coral-Listers,
> First of all, I would like to thank those colleagues who have signed up in
> our petition to save Taoyuan algal reefs in Taiwan. Up to now, we have
> collected 4547 signatures to support the conservation action. Our action
> has brought Taiwanese government to seriously consider the alternative site
> for constructing the 3rd Liquid Natural Gas receiving station.
> Secondly, I would like to draw your attention that our short description
> of this unusual reef entitled “Unprecedented calcareous algal reefs in
> northern Taiwan merit high conservation priority” is already online in
> Coral Reefs (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00338-017-1619-0 <
> https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00338-017-1619-0>). There is a
> supplemental video on the website that you can see this usual reef on the
> top of intertidal flat from sky. To me, this is really an amazing scene.
> Thanks again for those colleagues who have signed up the petition. To
> those whom just read our ReefSite, please sign up and support our action to
> save Taoyuan algal reef in Taiwan.
> Cheers, Allen
> Allen Chen, PhD (JCU)
> Professor/ Research Fellow
> Biodiversity Research Center
> Academia Sinica
> Taipei, Taiwan
> E-mail:cac at gate.sinica.edu.tw/ <http://gate.sinica.edu.tw/>
> acropora.chen at gmail.com <mailto:acropora.chen at gmail.com>
> Skype:acropora403 <skype:acropora403>
> > Begin forwarded message:
> > From: Allen Chen <acropora.chen at gmail.com <mailto:acropora.chen at gmail.
> > Subject: [Coral-List] sign up to support us to save Taoyuan Algae Reef
> in Taiwan
> > Date: September 6, 2017 at 17:28:37 GMT+8
> > To: coral-list coral-list <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov <mailto:
> coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>>
> > Dear Coral-Lister,
> > I would like to draw your attention that we are running a campaign to
> save an extraordinary “algae reef” in the Taoyuan coast, Taiwan. Please
> visit our petition website (http://creeg.biodiv.tw/SaveAlgaereef/en/
> savealgaereefs/ <http://creeg.biodiv.tw/SaveAlgaereef/en/savealgaereefs/>
> <http://creeg.biodiv.tw/SaveAlgaereef/en/savealgaereefs/ <
> http://creeg.biodiv.tw/SaveAlgaereef/en/savealgaereefs/>>) and sign up to
> support us!
> > We just have had a ReefSite, entitled “Unprecedented calcareous algal
> reefs in northern Taiwan merit a high conservation priority" accepted and
> in press in Coral Reefs.
> > Taoyuan algae reef, built mainly bycrustose coralline algae (CCA), is an
> extraordinary massive reef found on tidal flats extending continuously
> along the coastline of Taoyuan City, Northwest Taiwan. It is approximately
> 27km in length and a maximum of 450m in width with a large tidal range of
> > Carbon-14 dating indicated the age of the reef to be around 7500 BP, and
> consisted of some sediment-tolerant corals, such as Cyphastrea, and
> Dipsastraea. After 4400 BP to the present, the CCA genera, such as
> Mesophyllum, Phymatolithon, and Harveylithon, have contributed to the
> present algal reef through constant growth over time as stacked layers over
> the surface of the reef which is porous in its appearance. The Taoyuan CCA
> reef performs similar ecosystem functions to those of coral reefs.
> > However, long-term industrial pollution and continuous habitat
> destruction by land reclamation for the industrial park, windmill
> constructions, particularly the recent development project of a liquid
> nature gas (LNG) receiving station and port by the Taiwan Chinese Petroleum
> Cooperation (CPC) threaten the future of Datan algae reef system.
> > Local communities, NGOs, and Academy have raised serious concerns that
> over 300 hectares of Datain algae reefs will be directly impacted and
> disappeared once the environmental impact assessment of this project is
> approved. The worse scenario of hydraulic model test indicates that the
> neighbor Guanxin Algal Reef Wildlife Protected Area (GARWPA) will be
> continuously destroyed by littoral drift due to groin effect of CPC-LNG
> port jetty construction, highlighting the merit of prioritizing
> conservation of this unique ecosystem in Taiwan.
> > Thus, we request Taiwan government to:
> > 1. Recognise the uniqueness and preciousness of Taoyuan algae reef
> and declare the Datan algae reef as a national-protected natural landscape
> under the legal protection in Taiwan.
> > 2. Stop the Guan Tan industrial park developmental project and the
> construction of the 3rd liquid natural gas receiving station/ port
> > 3. Reconsider the alternative location, such as Taipei harbour, for
> the construction of the 3rd liquid natural gas receiving station/ port to
> fulfil the need of the national energy policy for non-nuclear homes,
> reduction of carbon dioxide emission”.
> > Please sign up and support us to save the Taoyuan algae reefs.
> > Thank you!
> > Cheers, Allen
> > Allen Chen, PhD (JCU)
> > Professor/ Research Fellow
> > Biodiversity Research Center
> > Academia Sinica
> > Taipei, Taiwan
> > E-mail:cac at gate.sinica.edu.tw/ <http://gate.sinica.edu.tw/> <
> http://gate.sinica.edu.tw/ <http://gate.sinica.edu.tw/>>
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