Micronesian Conservation Trust
Coral reef monitoring in the Republic of the Marshall Islands
Micronesian Conservation Trust, Chuuk Conservation Society
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Progress Report, 2011-2012
"Due to the unnecessary and misguided coral mining operations of a contractor that have begun at the reservoir area of Majuro lagoon, to provide an enormous amount of fill for the FAA-funded RSA project (runway safety area), much time was spent lobbying RMI and US agencies to save at least part of the reef within the approved dredge zone from destruction. However, several serious new developments were noted: an invasive outbreak of a macroalgae, Hypnea, on Majuro, and a catastrophic COTS outbreak at the northern tip of Arno atoll. Also, over four years of accumulated data on the Ajeltake coral disease outbreak involving massive corals (principally Hydnophora, Platygyra and Pavona) was presented at the Cairns Coral Reef Symposium and published in the Proceedings."
FY2011 CRCP Project ID 20682; Project Title: I096 International Coral Reef Conservation Grant Programs; Principal Investigator: Scot Frew. International grant NA11NOS4820011