|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.