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Originally posted by maldives01
The only course of action that would be in the interests of the coral itself is that ALL watersport activities should be banned in affected areas IMMEDIATELY. ( Use of capitals is for emphasis, not shouting ) I know that this will maybe lead to a short term drop in income, or non-optimum operating procedures, i.e the dive boats would maybe have to travel further, pleasure boats may have further to go, or the unnaffected areas permissible may not be as attractive for some reason, but things could carry on and at least give the reef time to maybe survive. If the algae are retaken up by the coral within 4-6 weeks, or a different algae which is more heat tolerant can be taken up, then the coral will survive. This is surely in the long term all that matters?