Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Topic Options
#365371 - 01/28/10 05:21 PM Coral Bleaching Information
elbert Offline
Coral bleaching like so many other topics in the news is a victim of irresponsible sensational journalism.
Having good accurate information on a subject makes us less venerable to this style of news from media.
While the article below is good solid info about coral bleaching it too has an element of concern.
http://www.marinebiology.org/coralbleaching.htm
Understanding that in winter the brown leaves on the ground under the bare tree isn't a sign of doom and the death of the forest but that the tree will bud in spring is having good information.
forecasting like Chicken Little however...
_________________________
The Dive Shops Daily Blog
http://scubalessonsbelize.blogspot.com/

Top
#365395 - 01/28/10 07:13 PM Re: Coral Bleaching Information [Re: elbert]
Marty Online   happy
Got this from Jesse ...

A cold snap earlier this month killed or bleached significant amounts of coral in the waters off South Florida and the Florida Keys, according to an analysis this week by Nature Conservancy scientists.

ďAbout 50 to 70 percent of the entire coral reef is dead in the upper Keys,Ē said Meaghan Johnson, marine science coordinator with the Nature Conservancy.

The culprit was the 12 consecutive days of extremely cold weather from Jan. 2-14 in Florida, which included a near-record cold air temperature of 42 degrees in Key West on Jan. 11. Johnson said the water temperatures in some parts of the Keys during that time plummeted into the frigid upper 40s and lower 50s, far below typical lows of the upper 60s and lower 70s.

Although coral bleaching and death is most frequently associated with unusually warm water temperatures, coral also canít withstand water temperatures below 60 degrees. Below that temperature, coral bleaching occurs when the coral undergoes stress and loses its symbiotic algae. Prolonged cold stress can result in coral death.

Unfortunately, the coral that was bleached during the cold snap will eventually die, said Johnson.

Other marine animals, such as manatees, turtles, sponges, and fish, also died or were injured in Florida due to the recent intense cold snap.

This is the first time since January 1977 that a cold-water bleaching and die-off has occurred in south Florida, according to the conservancy. That was the winter that snow was reported in Miami for the only time in its history.

Johnson reported that science divers from 13 federal and state agencies and non-governmental and academic organizations will continue to survey waters off South Florida and the Keys over the next few weeks to assess the health of the remaining coral.

By Doyle Rice

Top
#365426 - 01/28/10 08:59 PM Re: Coral Bleaching Information [Re: Marty]
Peter Jones Offline
Coral that is bleached by excessively warm water eventually recovers, so long as the temperature wasn't too high or maintained for too long. In 1998 reefs in the Maldives were grossly bleached by water that was 94f - I know, I was there - but by the following year all was back to normal. I don't know whether cold water damage recovers so readily.

Top

Links
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!


Things to do

News
Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
BelizeNews.com
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Amandala
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker
Chronicles

PLUS TV
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
SanPedroScoop
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

Blogs
San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
Tacogirl
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lilí Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
December
S M T W T F S
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Who's Online
1 registered (Marty), 37 Guests and 5 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,670 Registered Members
44 Forums
64,006 Topics
462,170 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 07:16 PM




AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.