ScienceLIVE will be featured noted marine biologists Dr. John Bruno and Dr. Mark Eakin who will be discussing the state and future of coral reefs. From the website:
Coral reefs from Australia to the Gulf of Mexico are some of the planet’s most vibrant ecosystems. They’re also among the most threatened habitats in oceans today. Over recent decades, a strong community of researchers and concerned citizens alike has dedicated themselves to investigating the dangers facing reefs and to developing solutions for their ongoing survival. From rising ocean temperatures to overfishing, what are the biggest dangers facing coral reefs today? What can scientists and the public do to protect these rich habitats? And how can we restore lost diversity to reefs around the world?
Last week, the Saipan Tribune published an article about a threat to Guam’s coral reefs.That threat is a new United States Naval Base- it will result in lots more people on a small island, construction of facilities, and increased boating traffic. The construction includes dredging large amounts of sand and coral. An increased military presence is important to our national security, and it will provide jobs to many residents of Guam. However, this construction may be devastating to local coral reefs. This is a complicated issue and I don’t know what the solution is. At least we don’t have to worry about Guam tipping over as a result, a disturbing theory proposed by Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) earlier this year (seriously, watch the video).
The Navy is looking into “mitigating steps” that they can take to offset the damage to Guam’s reefs, but I don’t really know what those could be with an organism as slow-growing as coral.