Thursday, August 03, 2017

Remember the 84 million acres of ocean President Bill Clinton preserved to protect corals?

Bow of the Green Lantern (click here) shipwreck with Paramuricea sea fans. Image courtesy of Lophelia II: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks 2009 Expedition

This is 2009. There are scientists in American universities fighting to bring back endangered species of corals in this waters.

December 5, 2000
By Robert A. Rosenblatt and Richard Simon

...The new reserve (click here) is "a special place where the sea is a living rainbow," Clinton said at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, where giant pictures of coral were projected on a screen behind him. The order establishes "the strongest level of protection for oceans ever enacted," and sets "a new global standard for reef and marine wildlife protection," he told members of the audience, many of whom were wearing leis made from purple and yellow Hawaiian blossoms....

When politicians say they put people first, make sure it includes the air you breath!

August 24, 2014

NOAA announced today (click here) it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as threatened, none as endangered. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean....

...Today’s announcement is a significant change from the proposed rule in November 2012. Since that time, many new scientific papers on climate change and coral habitat, distribution and abundance were published so that NOAA was able to consider and incorporate new information into the final decision. NOAA also considered extensive public comments as part of the final rule making....

July 23, 2017
  • By Beth Buczynski

  • Coral reefs (click here) serve as a "canary in the coal mine" for the health of our planet. As land dwellers, we can’t see or feel the effects of climate change and other detrimental forces at work in the ocean, but coral reefs can.

And, unfortunately, the ongoing changes occurring in the world’s most important reef ecosystems suggest that something is terribly wrong.

Most recently under threat are the reefs protected by the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument...