Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Another importance of the mangrove system is that of a massive filtration system. Sedimentary run off is a hazard which has caused and is causing corals to die all over the world. Corals need sunlight in order to stay alive when sedimentation covers them they die. Mangroves naturally filter sedimentation after rains preventing corals from being killed. When mangroves are removed from a drainage area like at Dark Wood beach, corals get damaged off shore. ITs that simple. Another reason to fight for mangrove protection is that the plants hold together fragile shorelines during storms and can even grow over "flats" or shallow seabeds eventually creating more land as if a buffer.
The flats alongside these mangroves below have slowly been getting mangroves covering it since the big hurricanes of the 90s.
The habitat in many cases can grow if allowed. It isn't aways easy though as Mr. Alan Stanford discovered at Maiden Island. His development company cleared much of the mangroves there when they first started their project as you will see if you read this article. Afterwards he hired people to replant the mangroves as you will see in this article. Since the report above was written, all of these plants died showing that it isn't always easy to replicate mother nature.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Today we had a very cloudy day here on Antigua though with some rain due to a passing tropical wave. This weekend looks like it will be perfect for boating again with very calm seas in the forecast as if the storm will be pulling it all north away from the island. On Saturday there will be a fishing tournament in Montserrat which i think the Adventure Antigua Team will be attending. Will keep ya posted. This nice vid was done by our core fishing team member John Watt a.k.a. "Big John" and shows some of the fishing action from last sunday.
Friday, September 21, 2007
I am going to write this one as a letter in the hopes that either the Sun or Observer papers will carry it. If they would like to carry it and any of the photos (in high res) then they can call me on 725 7263:
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north as it is forecast to at this point, the surfers may finally get some nice waves to surf. I hope that's all we get.
I posted this a few minutes ago...then my bro, Ali Fuller, (who is the real weather nerd) sent me to this link: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/catl/loop-vis.html which shows the movement of TD #8 over the past few hours. If you click the "tropical forecast points" you will then be able to see how the storm is moving in accordance with its forecast. At this point it is moving to the south of its point making a more westerly track. Not too good for us, but its still a long way off. Lets use these tools to keep up with the storm as it comes closer. Thanks ali!