[Coral-List] Fwd: A Swim Through Time on Carysfort Reef

Vassil Zlatarski vzlatarski at gmail.com
Mon Jul 27 21:54:24 UTC 2020

Hi all,

What a motto for The International Coral Reef Society:

*"Coral reefs are ecosystems, not resources."*

Great, Phil!



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

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From: Phillip Dustan via Coral-List <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
Date: Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 4:25 PM
Subject: [Coral-List] A Swim Through Time on Carysfort Reef
To: Coral List <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>

Hi Listers,
We talk a lot about  management and conservation but the reality is
humanity lacks the political will to address the fundamentals unless there
is a direct and instant return on investment.
Science tells us that coral reefs are ecosystems, not resources. The very
adaptations that enable them to thrive in nutrient poor tropical seas
leaves them vulnerable to humans. Maybe one day we will act on that
reality, but right now I fear we are just trying to make ourselves feel
better, or develop a more and more precise way to document the collapse of
reefs all the while  increasing the level of funding for our
This approach has not, and is not working.

 Something to think about while most of us are out of the water this summer.


Phillip Dustan PhD
Charleston SC  29424
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843-224-3321 (mobile)

"When we try to pick out anything by itself
we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords
that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe. "
*                                         John Muir 1869*

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*Bali Coral Bleaching 2016 video*

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