15 August 2016

Coral Reef, Global Coral Bleaching, Sailing News (video)

Seaview Survey Video - Coral Reefs:

Chief Scientist of the Catlin Seaview Survey Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg underwater on the Great Barrier Reef. In this Seaview Science video Ove talks about the importance of coral reefs. Published July 1, 2013.

Graphic below - Oct 2015 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey:

Above: excerpt from http://globalreefrecord.org/maps
GlobalCoralBleaching.org: "In 1998, a huge underwater heatwave killed 16% of the corals on reefs around the world. Triggered by the El Niño of that year, it was declared the first major global coral bleaching event. The second global bleaching event that struck was triggered by the El Niño of 2010. The US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the third global bleaching event in October 2015 and it has already become the longest event recorded, impacting some reefs in consecutive years. The new phenomenon of global coral bleaching events is caused by ocean warming (93% of climate change heat is absorbed by the ocean). Corals are unable to cope with today’s prolonged peaks in temperatures – they simply haven’t been able to adapt to the higher base temperatures of the ocean. Although reefs represent less than 0.1 percent of the world’s ocean floor, they help support approximately 25 percent of all marine species. As a result, the livelihoods of 500 million people and income worth over $30 billion are at stake ..."

Global coral bleaching could land heavy blow on Florida's recovering reefs reports Miami Herald's Jenny Staletovich: "A global coral bleaching that now ranks as the largest and longest on record could count Florida reefs among its next victims, scientists warned this week. As a powerful El Niño in the Pacific fizzles, scientists say they are keeping a close on the 220-mile reef tract that stretches between the Dry Tortugas and Fort Pierce, where recent bleaching has claimed less than one percent of the reef. After the last major El Niño in 1998, the region lost about 30 percent of the reef, a mortality rate that could climb higher in the face of climate change and increasing ocean temperatures." Read more at: Miami Herald

Sailing News:
U.S. Sailing's Paris Henken, Helena Scutt dominant in 49erFX on Olympic Day 8
NBC Olympics
A clear and sunny Day 8 of adrenaline-packed Olympic racing on Guanabara Bay proved one thing: medal races are upon us. Men's Laser and ... See also: Olympic Home : Rio 2016 Olympics | World Sailing and JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: Olympics

Rio 2016 (Sailing): USA Clinches Radial Medal Race Berth, Shines In 49erFX
US SAILING (press release)
Saturday saw the final full-fleet races in the Laser and Laser Radial classes, and dramatic finishes for Team USA sailors competing in both fleets.

SHORT TACKS: Sailing News and Notes
Severn Sailing Association member Leo Boucher placed second out of 42 entries in Laser Radial at the USSailing Youth Sailing Championship, held ...

Sailing: It's Montes triumphing in wild finish at Sunfish Race
Suffolk Times
The sailing race they call a nautical marathon ended with a sprint to the finish. Even in a race like The World's Longest Sunfish Race, Around Shelter ...

PCCSC Fall 2016 Kick Off
ICSA | Inter-collegiate Sailing Association
PCCSC Teams, I know it's early in the fall for most of you but some of our teams are already reporting for school so here goes the first round of ...

Other News:
  • Massive Lake Okeechobee algae bloom getting more toxic | TCPalm.com:  "Algae blooms in the St. Lucie River [which drains into the Atlanctic Ocean] are getting more numerous, and a massive bloom in Lake Okeechobee apparently is getting more toxic. Blue-green algae samples taken June 14 and 15 from Lake O contained more than 20 times the amount of toxins considered hazardous by the World Health Organization..."
  • Fort Lauderdale: Beach monitor spots 11 sea turtles and one brick of cocaine - "... Doug Phinney walked into a bar on A1A about 1 a.m. Tuesday with an open kilo of suspected cocaine in his hands, he wasn't looking to make a sale or even worried about being arrested. In fact, he was looking for a cop. 'I finally flagged down an officer driving by,' said Phinney, 52, from Wilton Manors. 'And I showed him what I found.' Phinney made his discovery on the sands of Fort Lauderdale beach during a routine nighttime patrol as a volunteer with the Sea Turtle Oversight Program, designed to protect the behemoth sea creatures during the summer nesting season. During his four-hour patrol he did spot 11 loggerhead turtles who swam ashore to lay eggs." Read more at Sun-Sentinel

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