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2009-10-01 19:29:30

A conservation group said Thursday discovery of a type of coral off the shore of the town of Palm Beach, Fla. indicates it deserves protected habitat status. Palm Beach County Reef Rescue Director Ed Tichenor said the find may be the largest amount of Staghorn coral in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Post reported. This discovery is significant since the Town of Palm Beach is opposing federal critical habitat protection for this coral, said Connie Gasque, of Palm Beach who lead a dive...

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2009-06-10 11:00:00

A recent study shows that a change in climate has assisted in advancing the leveling of the complex, multi-layered construct of Caribbean coral reefs. This jeopardizes their ability to provide a buffer against tropical storms and be a nursery for fish stocks. The analysis of 500 surveys of 200 reefs, conducted between 1969 and 2008, revealed that the most complex types of coral reef had been virtually destroyed throughout the entire Caribbean. These reefs, which are characterized by table...

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2008-12-08 16:22:04

What began as an homage to achievement in the field of coral reef geology has evolved into the discovery of an unexpected link between corals of the Pacific and Atlantic. Dr. Ann F. Budd from the University of Iowa and Dr. Donald McNeill of the University of Miami named a new species of fossil coral found on the Island of Curaçao "“ some six million years old "“ after renowned coral reef geologist and University of Miami Rosenstiel School professor, Dr. Robert...

2008-10-29 15:00:16

The U.S. Fisheries Service says it will increase its protection of elkhorn and staghorn corals in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The service, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says new regulations prohibiting activities that result in death or harm to either of the threatened species become effective Nov. 21. "These corals were once the major reef builders in Florida and the Caribbean, but now more than 90 percent of their populations are...

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2008-10-21 15:21:15

Rare corals may be smarter than we thought. Faced with a dire shortage of mates of their own kind, new research suggests they may be able to cross-breed with certain other coral species to breed themselves out of a one-way trip to extinction. This finding, released by scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, has raised hopes for the ability of the world's corals to withstand the rigors of changing climates and human impacts, says lead author Zoe Richards. "Coral...

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2008-07-07 06:00:00

Half of all U.S. coral reefs, the center of marine life in the Pacific and Caribbean oceans, are either in poor or fair condition, a federal agency warns today. The report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration places much of the blame on human activities and warns of further oceanwide decline. Reefs closer to cities were found to suffer poorer health, damaged by trash, overfishing and pollution. "Human impacts are making the big difference," says NOAA's Timothy Keeney,...

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2006-07-05 07:50:00

By Laura Myers DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK, Florida -- In the azure waters of Florida's remote Dry Tortugas National Park, corals have been toppled by hurricanes and blighted by disease and a phenomenon known as bleaching. Eight hurricanes in two years and a plague of disease that swept the Caribbean recently have damaged the colorful, thick carpets of open-water coral reefs in the 100-square-mile (260-sq-km) park off Florida's southwest coast. With another hurricane season under way and...

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2005-08-18 18:42:13

WASHINGTON -- Coral reef ecosystems, among the oldest and most diverse forms of life, are declining in U.S. waters because of overfishing, climate change, marine diseases, land-based pollution, storms and grounded ships. Such ecosystems "clearly are beset by a wide array of significant threats," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a report Thursday. About three-quarters of all the threats to coral reefs have not changed since the agency's last overview three years...