NOAA Scientists Announce Longest Coral Reef Die-off on Record


The longest coral reef die-off on record was announced by NOAA scientists. On Friday, they will speak about the reefs in a speech about global warming and the current intense El Nino, which has caused a global bleaching event.

The gloomy announcement at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans will also state that they fear the global bleaching event which started in 2014 could extend well into 2017.

“We are currently experiencing the longest global coral bleaching event ever observed,” said Mark Eakin, NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch coordinator. “We may be looking at a 2 to 2 1/2-year-long event. Some areas have already seen bleaching two years in a row.”

According to Eakin, the length of the longest coral reef die-off on record means corals in some parts of the world have no time to recover before they are hit by more bleaching. The current global bleaching event is hammering some reefs repeatedly.

Scientists first observed the current global coral bleaching event beginning in mid-2014, when bleaching began in the western Pacific Ocean. In October 2015, as the current El Nino was still strengthening, NOAA scientists declared the third global bleaching event on record was underway.

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SOURCE: NewsOXY, Rob Adams