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Topic Title: Florida Keys reefs have gone down the tubes.
Topic Summary: Worst coral coverage in the Caribbean
Created On: 05/19/2017 05:16 AM
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 05/19/2017 05:16 AM
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ww

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WPTV.  And things were far better in 2004.  

 05/19/2017 06:32 AM
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Greensleeves

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Tipping points being reached faster than we imagined.


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 05/19/2017 10:41 AM
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Karma

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Baaaah, science...psssshhh, environment....liberals. oh wait, this is NPNR. Good post ww...Godspeed Corals!

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 05/19/2017 03:50 PM
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ww

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A huge amount of effort went into getting rid of "septic tanks" (actually cesspits) and cleaning up the canals in the Keys.  It's terrible to see the reefs collapse, regardless.  

 

 05/20/2017 04:29 AM
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somebodyelse

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 She's made the trip to Looe Key every day for four years, and barring weather has taken nearly 25,000 divers and snorkelers a year.

 

A boat load of tourists every day for 4 years...

25,000 a year for 4 years and yet you wonder what is happening to the reef?

 



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stevea

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DA, since the late 80's!! keys have gone to sh....

 05/20/2017 05:31 AM
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pompano

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"without diving, what else is there to do in the Keys?"  Woah Nellie, what a loaded question.  

 05/20/2017 09:33 AM
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ww

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Much longer term, someone studied fishing boat catch photos, the ones with customers in front of the biggest fish of the day hanging from a rack.  Back in the 1930s the fish were huge.  They kept shrinking. 

 05/20/2017 07:53 PM
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Propagating and Growing new coral seems like the right move, along with efforts to improve water quality.

Creating "no snorkel" areas and rotating every 5-10 years might also be a good idea. The tourists definitely takes their toll between hitting/standing on the reefs and their sunscreen.

But growing and planting new coral could be the future. Over time, methods to speed up the growing process in the lab/nursery may be discovered, allowing bigger specimens to be placed in habit at a faster rate.

I think about this the same as I would a depleted area of rainforest or jungle. If I wanted to bring it back, I'd start replanting the big stuff, try and get some canopy going again and while that is growing, I would start propagating the understory stuff so it would be ready to go when the time is right. With any luck it all gets put back in place and takes hold.

Could be a whole new profession for some.. and possibly some hope for the world's reefs.

We need to actively try to undo what we have done and reverse course.

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