Draft #1: Artificial Reefs

This topic submitted by Chad Peters ( petersc1@miamioh.edu) at 11:41 PM on 5/12/06.

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I would like to use my paper to discuss artificial (man made) coral reefs. The discussion will include how these structures are made, how and why they are supposed to work, and how effective a conservation tool they really are.

I hope to inform the class on this particular form of conservation. It has been my experience that when attempting to manage or restore an ecosystem the more one interferes with what is natural the more difficult it becomes (I have never myself participated in such a project however I have had to right several reports on such activities). It is important to know if artificial reefs really can help supplement the existing reefs. It seems to me that it is a difficult and expensive way to solve the problem of reef loss, however, every little bit helps.

References

"Artificial Reefs." Florida Oceanographic Online. 2004. Florida Oceanographic Society. 28 Mar. 2006 .

"Artificial Reef." Web Current. 2002. Web Currents. 28 Mar. 2006 .

"A Solution for Corals in Peril." Global Coral Reef Alliance. 25 Sept. 2005. Global Coral Reef Alliance. 28 Mar. 2006 .

Bell, Mel. "Marine Artificial Reefs." Sea Science. Marine Recreational Fisheries Stamp. 28 Mar. 2006 .

Hilbertz, Wolf, and Thomas Goreau. "Third Generation Artificial Reefs." Third Generation Artificial Reefs. Oct. 1997. Global Coral Reef Alliance. 28 Mar. 2006 .


Jordan, Lance K., David S. Gilliam, Robin L. Sherman, and Richard E. Spieler. Patch Reef Isolation Affects Fish Assemblage Structure - a Study Using Replicate Reef Modules. National Coral Reef Institute. Dania Beach, FL. 28 Mar. 2006 .


Walker, Brian K., Bruce Henderson, Brian D. Ettinger, Paul T. Arena, Lance K. Jordan, David S. Gilliam, and Richard Spieler. Biological Assessment of Artificial Reef Materials: Concrete Aggregates and Quarry Stone. National Coral Reef Institute. Miami Beach, FL. 28 Mar. 2006 .


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