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04 Western Dry Rocks
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01 August 16, 1993
Western Dry Rocks buoy 5 monitoring subjects. Immediately west of the eyebolt.
02 June 24, 1994
Good visibility. Coral is still healthy even though there is a great deal of algae.
03 September 6, 1994
This dive site started out as a regular photo-monitoring location. Eventually this area evolved to the Aspergillus research station where 75 sea fans were tagged and monitored on a frequent schedule. Harvell, Kim and Quirolo.
04 June 3, 1996
05 June 4, 1996
Western Dry Rocks was once home to thousands of sea fans and soft corals. The flooding of Florida Bay with water containing pesticides, nutrients and topsoil has diminished the concentration of these corals considerably.
06 April 27, 1997
07 July 15, 1997
Early signs of coral bleaching
08 July 14, 1997
Observations made during a routine sea fan aspergilious monitoring dive.
09 July 19, 1997
The beginning of the worst coral bleaching episode in Lower Keys History.
10 August 5, 1997
During a bleaching event if the water quality is compromised coral diseases and infections flair up creating unusual manifestations on the corals tissue.
11 November 11, 1997
11 October 14, 1998
Two weeks after the passage of Hurricane Georges.
12 January 19, 1999
Reeling from the recent hurricane, water quality degradation and disease outbreaks this reef is in the state of rapid decline.
July 12, 2000
Kehoe Kim and dive team monitor sea fans.
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