[Coral-List] Fwd: first captive breeding of ridged cactus coral

sealab at earthlink.net sealab at earthlink.net
Wed Apr 22 19:47:35 UTC 2020

Hi Vassil,

I read a number of press releases on this development and found that each contained overstatements, but that seems to be the trend these days. I’ve been trying to draw attention to this point for some time. The coral science community understands the limitations, but the public at large can easily be misled by such grandiose claims. I don’t blame those who have come to believe that we can save coral reefs without addressing climate change and other major stressors because that is how these many of these “advancements” have been framed. In my opinion, we have been led to believe that we can have our cake and eat it too.

Why worry about carbon emissions, water quality and over-fishing when we can bring the reefs back to their former glory through the wonders created by those involved in genetic engineering and out-planting?


Steve Mussman

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On 4/22/20, 10:24 AM, Vassil Zlatarski via Coral-List <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:

Dear colleagues,

Do you consider appropriate the opening statement of this article, "The

Florida Aquarium has made a breakthrough that will help save 'America's

Great Barrier Reef,' the third largest coral reef in the world"?



Vassil Zlatarski

D.Sc. (Biology), Ph.D. (Geology)

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From: Douglas Fenner via Coral-List

Date: Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 8:43 AM

Subject: [Coral-List] first captive breeding of ridged cactus coral

To: coral list

The Florida Aquarium just became the first in the world to reproduced

ridged cactus coral in human care


Cheers, Doug


Douglas Fenner

Lynker Technologies, LLC, Contractor

NOAA Fisheries Service

Pacific Islands Regional Office




PO Box 7390

Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 USA

"mitigating climate change is the critical wedge to set coral reefs on a

recovery trajectory" Duarte et al 2020 Rebuilding marine life Nature

"Already, more people die from

heat-related causes in the U.S. than from all other extreme weather events."


Even 50-year old climate models correctly predicted global warmng


"Global warming is manifestly the foremost current threat to coral reefs,

and must be addressed by the global community if reefs as we know them will

have any chance to persist." Williams et al, 2019, Frontiers in Marine



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