Atlantic corals spawn for the first time in a laboratory
SEPTEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER
NEWS FROM THE SOUTHEAST:
ATLANTIC CORAL SPAWNS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LABORATORY
In a historic breakthrough, scientists at the Florida Aquarium were able to coax Florida corals to spawn in an aquarium for the first time. Why is this so important? While corals can reproduce asexually through fragmentation, this form of reproduction does not produce genetic diversity. To restore coral reefs, we need genetically diverse populations, which will be more resilient to acidification, disease and warming. This is a huge step for a more resilient future! Read the article
here and check out this
amazing video of the corals spawning.
IT'S ALMOST STONE CRAB SEASON! CHECKING IN ON THE OA RESEARCH
Two years ago Mote Marine Laboratory scientists showed that stone crabs, know for their particularly large and delicious claws, are not immune to the impacts of acidification. This research showed a decrease in hatching success under
low pH conditions, but the study also found that some stone crabs were resilient. Next up? Scientists try to figure out what makes some stone crabs hardier than others. Learn more about the upcoming research
LOOKING FOR OA PUBLICATIONS?
The Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center (OA-ICC) recently updated their publication library. With over 5,700 publications, this library is a great source for all things acidification. Learn more about how to access this resource
AGU Fall Meeting (December 9-13, 2019): Session on Marine-based management of atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification. Abstract submissions are now closed.
Ocean Sciences Meeting (February 16-21, 2020): Eight sessions on "Ocean Change: Acidification and Hypoxia." Abstract submission now closed. Check back soon for the program.
SECOORA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Ocean Acidification Program are facilitating the operation of the SOCAN to support and encourage discussions on ocean and coastal acidification in the Southeast region.