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IMA: Coral-bleaching alert for TT



 Patch reefs and halos of Buccoo Reef are hard to find and may symbolic of a compromised coral reef community. Photo by Google Earth Pro.
Patch reefs and halos of Buccoo Reef are hard to find and may be symbolic of a compromised coral reef community. Photo by Google Earth Pro.

The IMA said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch has released the coral-bleaching outlook for the next four months (August-November) for the Caribbean region.

The IMA said the NOAA release, TT's coral-bleaching stress gauge is currently at "watch level."

Tobago and the rest of the Lesser Antilles have a.

60 per cent chance of reaching "bleaching alert level one."

"The outlook for next nine to 12 weeks indicates a 60 per cent chance of reaching" bleaching alert level two "(widespread coral bleaching and coral mortality), "the IMA sai d.

The IMA explained that corals.

The IMA explained that corals Because they are forming a special relationship with the symbiotic algae that live within their tissue.

In return, the coral provides the algae with a safe haven, stores essential nutrients and removes the algae's waste.

"When corals Backing at Buccoo, Tobago.

Backreefs at Buccoo, Tobago. Photo by Jahson Alemu taken from http://wildtobago.blogspot.com

"This loss causes the coral to turn white and is therefore referred to as coral bleaching. The loss of the algae means that the corals lose their major source of food; and the unfavorable conditions persist, the coral seeks to eventually and eventually die. "

In the last 40 years, coral reefs around the world have heard of global and regional coral bleaching events, where large sections of reef turned white as summertime sea The climate has become so warm because of global warming.

Coral reefs off Tobago have so suffered from multiple bleaching events in the past, including 2005 and 2010, and these have significantly degraded reef health.


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