Algal blooms decimate reefs

The large scale bloom that occured in the Gulf of Oman in Oct / Nov 2008 has now been shown to have caused widescale damage to corals in the area. Harmful algal blooms, often linked to human pollution and agricultural run-off, are predicted to rise significantly in coming years and pose a serious threat to fragile coral ecosystems. A recent report in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, entitled: “Tropical harmful algal blooms: An emerging threat to coral reef communities?” discusses details.
Read the original report (requires subscription to journal).

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