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3 Weeks Ago 05:27 PM
Lazerbrains
Re: dead reefs

The earth is changing - many species will die off, and others will adapt and evolve. It's happened many many times to our planet. Nothing to get worried about.
3 Weeks Ago 05:09 PM
capta
Re: dead reefs

I think this trend is pretty uniform on the planet. Here in the Antilles the reefs are but a shadow of what they were when I was here in the 70's. Melting ice has also contributed greatly as many corals must live in a very finite depth.
A bit off topic, but along the same lines, it's a few days before Christmas and we haven't even had a 20 knot puff of wind in days. Flat calm days with pretty constant light rain. For anybody familiar with this area, that's unheard of this time of year. Someone should let Neptune know that it's summer in the Antipodes now, not here.
Not that I'll miss Christmas Winds should they not arrive at all this season, but it is pretty scary to see such a drastic change from the norm.
But hey, climate change is just a Chinese ploy to inhibit American industry, right?
3 Weeks Ago 03:10 PM
James Nguyen
Re: dead reefs

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It's the same dead reef problem in the Andaman Sea Thailand. Every year it's worse.Could it have something to do with temperature and acidity? The oysters and mussels in B.C. are not doing well either. Maybe there's a connection?


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04-03-2013 11:08 PM
chuckg5
Re: dead reefs

thanks for reviving this thread.
always interested in updates on the keys reefs.
this june we're heading for the bahamas for a few months.
we'll see how their reefs compare.
we lived there in the 70's. and there were no 'dead reefs' just beauty!
04-03-2013 05:44 PM
TheWollard
Re: dead reefs

I spend more time on Alligator Reef and other sites off Islamorada. I've witnessed a major decline in live coral from the 1980's to about 2000. In the past decade, I've seen some real progress and new growth. Many of the issues killing Florida Bay (redirecting the Everglades and limiting natural water flow) were slowed by Hurricane Andrew. The water flow issues are slowly being addressed. The Algae bloom was flushed and since then I have been very happy with the progress. Islamorada seems healthier to me now than it has in 20+ years.

Here's hoping the trend continues...
02-29-2012 02:39 PM
Chadfunk48 I see this post is old but,

Yes Len, a great deal of research points in the direction that it is more temperature than acidity (pH). The species of coral that have evolved to live in these waters cannot take the 1-2 degree change in water temperature that is happening and are simlpy dying. There is a arge amountl of info on the web if you are interested further.
12-06-2011 12:36 AM
Capt Len It's the same dead reef problem in the Andaman Sea Thailand. Every year it's worse.Could it have something to do with temperature and acidity? The oysters and mussels in B.C. are not doing well either. Maybe there's a connection?
08-01-2011 11:20 AM
DGLawrence
Keys Reef Mooring Balls

May we assume that the mooring balls around the reefs in the Keys are located so that we will not fetch up on the reef with our almost 7 ft draft?
We are looking at going to the Keys this winter.
07-28-2011 11:52 AM
Brezzin I've dove all of those. French reef is my favorite because of the swim troughs. Key West is even worse as far as dead reefs go. There is hope though. They are finding that reefs can revive at a faster rate than previously thought and there are plenty of scientists committed to this area of research.

Dr. Mary Hagedorn a Smithsonian fellow currently at the University of Hawaii is one of these committed people.


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07-27-2011 10:00 PM
chuckg5 thank you for the positive feedback. I wish I saw that living reef. The mooring balls are directly in front of the Molassess Reef lite and we were on the closest ball. In about 20 feet of water. very gray an broken coral. I'll be back next year and take some photos.
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