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Catastrophic climatic events leave corals facing a decade-long fight for recovery

Catastrophic climatic events leave corals facing a decade-long fight for recovery | Conservation of Mangroves and Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
Plymouth, UK (SPX) Jun 04, 2013 - Marine conservationists from Plymouth University, and the Universidad Federal da Bahia in Brazil, have spent more than 17 years analysing the diversity and density of coral colonies off the coast of...

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INDIA: Panel to check coastal pollution, if catch edible

INDIA: Panel to check coastal pollution, if catch edible | Conservation of Mangroves and Coral Reefs | Scoop.it

MUMBAI - Acknowledging the rise in pollution of coastal waters that is affecting marine life and fishing, the state government on Monday appointed a high-level committee to check the problem and take preventive measures.

Fisheries minister Madhukar Chavan informed the legislative council that the committee, which will comprise representatives from the state pollution control board, revenue department, fisheries department and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), will meet once in three months to review the pollution.

NCP's Prakash Binsale said the government should check whether catch from coastal waters for fit for consumption, to which Chavan said this too would be done. A heated discussion on industrial and chemical pollution of coastal waters took place during the question hour. Initiating the discussion, BJP's Vijay Girkar claimed there has been a huge decline in fishing activity and sought compensation for fishermen. He said the fishing industry should be declared "drought-affected".

Chavan, however, said fishing activity in seas remained unaffected and there was no case to declare the industry as "drought-affected". But he acknowledged that discharge of industrial and chemical sewage into coastal waters in parts of Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg had led to decline in fishing.

He said nearly 24 sewerage treatment plants were operational in these parts to deal with the industrial sewage. Referring to a related court case, Chavan informed the legislative council that weekly water samples were being taken to monitor the pollution levels.

BJP's Ashish Shelar sought a financial stimulus for the fishing industry, while Vidya Chavan (NCP) said mangroves too were being damaged due to the industrial discharge.

 

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Endangered Coral Reefs Die as Ocean Temperatures Rise and Water Turns Acidic | PBS NewsHour | June 4, 2013

Endangered Coral Reefs Die as Ocean Temperatures Rise and Water Turns Acidic | PBS NewsHour | June 4, 2013 | Conservation of Mangroves and Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
In addition to negative consequences caused by overfishing and pollution, coral reefs face another major existential threat: increased acidity from warming oceans.

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To save corals, save the forests: study

To save corals, save the forests: study | Conservation of Mangroves and Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) June 04, 2013 - Conservationists fighting to save coastal coral reefs should think first about combatting local deforestation rather than attacking the wider peril of global warming, suggests an unusual study published on Tuesday.
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The coral triangle is the global center of marine biodiversity - The Macomb Daily

The coral triangle is the global center of marine biodiversity - The Macomb Daily | Conservation of Mangroves and Coral Reefs | Scoop.it
The coral triangle is the global center of marine biodiversity
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The coral triangle is universally recognized as the “global center of marine biodiversity” and “the Amazon of the seas.” An unidentified flatworm.

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Algae Provide A Food Bank For Starving Coral | Inside Science

Algae Provide A Food Bank For Starving Coral | Inside Science | Conservation of Mangroves and Coral Reefs | Scoop.it

The reefs survive because of the unique symbiotic relationship between the coral, tiny marine invertebrates with hard shells, and the multitude of algae strains growing on the coral. The algae, besides providing the coral formations with color, also provide much of the nutrients corals need to survive.  To do this, the algae take carbon and nitrogen from the water. The coral, in turn, protects the algae from predators.


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