Posted by: reefrescue | June 9, 2014

ACOE okay’s the destruction of 1,000’s of corals in the path of dredge

Port of Miami dredging underway

…scientists say environmental [Port of Miami] studies underestimated the number and kinds of corals living near the channel.

“We’ve been able to remove more than 2,000 corals in less than two weeks and if we had another two weeks we’d get thousands more,” said Colin Foord, a marine biologist and co-founder of Miami-based Coral Morphologic, which is part marine biology lab and part art and music studio.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) on Friday denied a request from researchers seeking more time to save an underwater field of coral in a Miami channel where dredging is set to begin this weekend. “Taxpayers would be paying $50,000 to $100,000 a day to keep that dredge on standby and that’s not happening,” said Susan Jackson, a corps spokeswoman.

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Read entire article: Miami dredge project to restart, ending efforts to save coral

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