Government To Save The Corals

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  1. Chauncey Chapman says:

    As an active diver on the western Atlantic coral reefs since the early 1970s, I can tell you without equivocation the reefs are greatly degraded today. The loss of Diadema antillarum in 1983 a near extinction die off occurred and today increased nutrient pollution is adding insult to injury. Grand Cayman’s hard coral cover has reduced from 84% to less than 14% and the coral skeletons are covered with leafy algae. Off shore Florida, where today there are 5 sewage outfall pipes each pumping millions of gallons of partially treated sewage, and other sources of nutrient pollution has reduced the beautiful offshore reefs to a red-brown slime-covered mess. And the loss of inshore seagrass meadows has resulted in an unprecedented manatee die-off from starvation.

  2. scott allen says:

    to Chauncey Chapman
    This is from the Washington Post.
    “Researchers estimate that more than a quarter of the manatee population flocks there during cold months, many drawn in by warm water discharge from a power plant in Titusville, Fla.
    Manatees won’t tolerate water that’s lower than 68 degrees, so once they arrive, they tend to stay until the ocean warms again — even if food is in short supply.
    Central Florida also experienced an unusually cold winter this year.”

    So the Manatees are kept alive by a power plant’s warm water in the winter and it was unusually cold this winter (wasn’t this winter the warmest on record)

    do you know what the number 2 &3 cause of death among manatee are, boat strikes and cold water temps.
    Did those sewage pipes just show in the last couple years when the manatees population went from about 1,000 to over 7,000.

    As to the coral death in Grand Cayman
    It was started in 2014 by a virus, they have now discovered.

    • Conrad Ziefle says:

      I worked for a local government that ran a regional sewage treatment plant. The state standards required the removal of copper to levels BELOW what was naturally occurring in the streams that supplied the drinking water. So when I hear “partial treatment”, I think of it as a subjective description.

  3. Dave says:

    One of your best Tony. You’re a champion for the truth.

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