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Reef Conservation and Sailing: Bob Steneck Blogs

Posted by // November 4, 2013 // COMMENT (2 Comments)

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As mentioned, I’m currently making my way down to the Eastern Carribean on a small boat. The goal of the trip is capital-S Science. I’m little more than a spectator and spry young winch-grinder but Bob Steneck, who owns the boat, is a marine biologist specializing in coral reef conservation. In an attempt to document the trip and provide accessible, comprehensible science to interested laypersons such as myself, he has just started a blog. It’s worth a look if you want to understand more about reef ecosystems and what we might do to save them: Bob Steneck: Antilles 2013

P.S. Bob trying to figure out how to get the blog in a format he liked: “It’s like Lucy and the football: with every try I think, OK this time it’s really going to work. And then…”

This article was syndicated from Safe At Harbour But Meant For The Sea: DIY Sailing with Paul Calder

2 Responses to “Reef Conservation and Sailing: Bob Steneck Blogs”

  1. Paul Calder says:

    Hi Behan,
    Bob says that’s a ‘pretty healthy looking table coral’. The rim of white is not bleaching, it is normal growth – the coral grows out first and then the zooxanthellae which give coral its pigment fill in afterwards. The white patches not on the edge of the coral might be damage from coral predators or something else but aren’t serious and might easily grow back.
    All the best,
    Paul (and Bob)

  2. Behan says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Paul- that’s really great information on Bob’s website. We’re going to read it as a family and integrate it with what we’ve seen.

    Maybe you can satisfy my curiosity about whether what we saw on these corals in Tioman was bleaching, or just normal discoloration? It’s in this post, about halfway down.
    http://www.sailfeed.com/2013/09/tioman-underwater-better-than-expected/

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