Our Collapsing Marine Food Web

Recently there has been limited coverage in social media circles and to a lesser extent in the MSM about the collapse of the Great Barrier Reef which has been portrayed as another ” Bleaching Event”.

It is not simply a bleaching event, it is the collapse of the marine food web which will  lead to the the extinction of most if not all complex life on this planet.

Another example:  South Florida corals dying in “unprecedented” bleaching and disease.  This article starts:  ‘South Florida’s corals are turning white and contracting fatal diseases in what’s being called an unprecedented die-off across the region’s reefs.

Off Hollywood, scientists witnessed the collapse of a minivan-sized coral colony that had started growing more than three centuries ago, when the Spanish ruled the peninsula. As recently as September, live coral tissue covered 90 percent of the colony’s surface, making it among the oldest living things in the state. By December it was almost completely dead, said Brian Walker, a Nova Southeastern University research scientist, who found widespread mortality in corals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.’  Continues at above link.
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Brace for imminent impact.

Professor Guy McPherson and I will be discussing these developments in his November 2016 speaking tour in New Zealand and Australia.


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18 comments on “Our Collapsing Marine Food Web
  1. Kevin Hester says:

    The perfect storm of abuse.
    NZ’s waters suffering carbonate saturation, hypoxia,nitrogen pollution, the list goes on.


  2. Kevin Hester says:

    “We seem to have gone from an era when mass bleaching was unheard of, to the modern era where it has now occurred three times in 18 years,” Hughes said.”
    There is a 10 to 20 year lag between cause and effect and most of this damage is as a result of emissions from last century.
    In the last 20 years we have emitted more carbon and hence ocean acidification than in the previous 50 years which was more than the previous 100 yrs.
    We are in the exponential unraveling of this disaster and there is nothing that will either save nor give respite to the global reef network.


  3. Kevin Hester says:

    Always remember there is a 10 to 30 year lag in cause and effect from when we emit carbon and when it’s side effects can be witnessed.
    This damage was done last century and our emissions this century are year for year much higher.


  4. Kevin Hester says:

    “An environmental calamity is recorded in Pajaral, in the Caño Large sector.
    Tens of thousands of fish have died and scientists claims it’s from lack of oxygen because of heavy rains.
    It’s the biggest fish kill in ten years and happened on Thursday afternoon in the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, raising alarm among fishermen and the community.
    Emergency focuses on Pajaral Swamp, industry Caño Grande jurisdiction of Sitionuevo, where thousands of small fish have died from lack of oxygen.
    Most of the species concerned correspond to smooth, goat and crappie.
    Alfredo Martinez, assistant manager of Corpamag, said on Thursday night when fishermen in the area launched the alarm, the order for a staff proceed to the area to take water samples were given.
    He said the death of the fish is caused by lack of oxygen due to the severe drought that have endured in recent months and then with the arrival of winter.
    The expert says that the fish kill is associated with the rains that remove organic matter is decomposing in the bed and out, consumes oxygen in the swamp.
    “It is precisely this decrease in oxygen and phosphorus in suspension, resulting in the death of the fish,” said marine biologist Sandra Villardy.
    He further commented that the problem will continue because there are four years of accumulated organic matter in that area and fresh water because it is not going to swamp for many reasons.
    He warned that what is dying is the food of humans and what is in check is the work of fishermen.”


  5. Kevin Hester says:

    As the sea ice disappears so does the habitat for the Krill. A keystone species.

    Great doco beneath the ice


  6. Kevin Hester says:

    More evidence on the collapse of the marine food web influencing sea birds who depend on the habitat! 😦


  7. Kevin Hester says:

    More evidence of the collapsing food web;


  8. Kevin Hester says:

    77% of the seal population lost in recent years


  9. Kevin Hester says:

    Only three mother and calf pairs of rare right whales were spotted off the Southeast coast this winter — an alarmingly small number — despite researchers flying all South Carolina waters for the first time since 2012, trying to find more.
    None were spotted here, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
    The year was the second worst for sightings since research started in the early 1980s, said wildlife biologist Clay George of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
    Right whales are the rarest of the large whales, 40-ton creatures whose curious two-plume breathing spray and the lack of a dorsal fin distinguish them from other whales. They are massive.
    Hunted to the brink of extinction a century ago, the federal endangered species now numbers 450 to 500 animals in the North Atlantic. The species’ future is still so tenuous that every whale is considered critical to their survival.
    They migrate off the South Carolina coast each winter to calve from summer feeding grounds off the Northeast. They often follow major shipping channels and through waters that might eventually be opened up to oil and natural gas seismic testing and drilling, and across an area the Navy uses for sonar and other training.
    Ship strikes, line entanglements and noise pollution are among the biggest threats. As waters warm in a changing climate, the plankton the whales feed on is diminishing and they might be shifting their grounds.
    “Warmer water could deter whales from an area all together,” said naturalist Melanie White, of the Sea To Shore Alliance aerial survey team. “They could physically become too hot due to their thick layer of blubber which is what also allows them to survive in the colder waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.”
    Shifts in food supply could also be a factor, causing the whales to exert more to find food, she said. That could affect their fertility because the mother must be physically capable of bringing a calf to birth.
    “Whales must first be healthy themselves before they have the potential to create more life,” she said.


  10. Kevin Hester says:

    The feedback loops associated with the loss of sea ice are numerous.
    We are watching the collapse of the marine food web.


  11. Kevin Hester says:

    “The fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea are in deep trouble. The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has found that 93% of assessed fish stocks are overexploited, and some are almost completely gone. At between 10 000 to 12 000 species, the Mediterranean sea contains 7 to 10% of the world’s marine biodiversity. Not to mention that it is an economically important fishery.”


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Kevin Hester
Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and planning Professor Guy McPherson’s November 2016 NZ and Australian speaking tour which is a follow up to the 2014 speaking tour. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water. I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.
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