Cold water temperatures causing coral bleaching at popular reefs in South Florida and the Keys
According to a report released this morning by the Nature Conservancy, cold water temperatures over the past few months are causing damage to reefs popular with recreational scuba divers in South Florida and the Florida Keys.
The report states: Sustained cold water temperatures in South Florida and the Florida Keys triggered severe coral bleaching and even coral death, alerting resource managers and prompting a coordinated assessment response from the science and scuba diving communities. Temperatures in some nearshore areas of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary dropped to 52 degrees Fahrenheit for several days — well below average for this time of year — with fatal results for some corals.
If cold water bleaching is observed on Palm Beach County reefs please send an email to Reef Rescue with location and if possilble, photos.
Nature Conservancy press release: http://www.nature.org/pressroom/press/press4368.html