Kuwait loses 90 % of corals reefs in the Arab Gulf

“The comprehensive survey, conducted by the team, included the major locations of coral reefs 50 miles along the shores and 70 km from the southern coast borders, with depths ranging from 1-13 meters.”

Scientists watching V.I. coral bleaching

“The water temperatures have been warm for almost a year,” he said. “The corals have been stressed; they haven’t had their usual environment, as far as water temperatures go. A third to a half are experiencing some level of paling, very few corals are 100 percent bleached, which means stark white,” Smith said.”

Predicting coral bleaching in Kimbe Bay

“Most of the bleached corals were from susceptible genera like branching and plate Acropora, with a few massive and mushroom corals also bleached.  Bleaching was quite mild with 1-2% of corals bleached from 3-25m deep.  There was more bleaching in shallow water (5-10%), but this was probably related to unusually low tides at the time.”

Widespread Coral Bleaching In Sepanggar Bay Serves As Reminder

“The recent discovery of widespread coral bleaching off Sepanggar Bay should serve as a reminder that the marine ecosystem demands attention, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Director of Borneo Marine Research Institute Prof Dr Saleem Mustafa said.”

Climate Changes Causes Massive Coral Die-Off Underway Globally

“…last month scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society reported on what they say is one of the most rapid and severe coral mortality events ever recorded, unfolding in Indonesia.”

NOAA: Coral Bleaching Likely in Caribbean This Year

“Large areas of the southeastern Caribbean Sea are experiencing thermal stress capable of causing coral bleaching. The western Gulf of Mexico and the southern portion of the Bahamas have also experienced significant bleaching thermal stress.”

Philippine coral reefs – in hot water

“Since last May, the water temperature of the western Philippines (from Luzon to the Visayas, Palawan and Mindanao) has been 2 to 3°C above normal. The abnormally high water temperature is killing plenty of coral.”

 

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