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Sam_G
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PostSubject: End of Coral Reefs?   Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:43 pm

What do you all think?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/14/opinion/a-world-without-coral-reefs.html?_r=1&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

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PostSubject: Re: End of Coral Reefs?   Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:02 pm

It's sad to see and I hope it's not as bad as they make it sound. But maybe newer more resilient corals and creatures will flourish in the absence of these. You can never know.
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PostSubject: Re: End of Coral Reefs?   Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:49 pm

It's amazing how fast the ocean is deteriorating. Bring on the amazing aquaculture nurseries!

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PostSubject: Re: End of Coral Reefs?   Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:23 am

Yeah. I know the reefs are in trouble, but I don't think we should just turn our backs on them. Some conservation efforts are nearly worthless, but others make an impact, IMO. Bans on overfishing are a good example of something that could really help the reefs...

And, yes, aquaculture is a worthy endeavor! Go us! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: End of Coral Reefs?   Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:42 pm

I think the article is pessimistic and has a very narrow view. Sure, Coral Reefs are the rainforest of the ocean and we arn't even doing a fantastic job saving the rainforests on land! But this guy makes it seem like we've already lost the battle and he clearly doesnt keep up with current research.

"Money isn’t spent to study what to do after the reefs are gone" Oh yeah, there's absolutely no research on creating artificial reefs.

"on what sort of ecosystems will replace coral reefs" Yeah, it's not been shown that when reefs collapse, seagrass communities take over in shallow sandy environments and kelp forests develop in rocky areas.

"and what opportunities there will be to nudge these into providing people with food and other useful ecosystem products and services." Because only reef ecosystems provide those things. Seagrass communities, oyster beds and the like have no useful purposes whatsoever.

"Nor is money spent to preserve some of the genetic resources of coral reefs by transferring them into systems that are not coral reefs." I honestly dont understand this sentence. think How can you preserve genetics without preserving corals. And why would you put corals into non-reef systems?


"Research led by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the University of Queensland shows that corals will be pushed outside their temperature-acidity envelope in the next 20 to 30 years, absent effective international action on emissions." Like Dan said, reefs are continually surprising us. Not only can they adapt to changing acidity more than we thought (though Im sure there is an endpoint) there are a lot of reefs that currently exist that we would have never imagined. Cold water reefs where temperatures are stupid-cold, deep water reefs where they dont use sunlight, it's amazing what they can do!
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PostSubject: Re: End of Coral Reefs?   Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:21 pm

+1 Well said Ashley!

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