Acropora spp.: Water Quantity, Water Quality, and Threatened Florida Corals

FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 254

Natural Resources & Environment, Vol. 22, No. 2, Fall 2007

5 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2007

Abstract

On May 9, 2006, NOAA listed two species of coral - elkhorn coral and staghorn coral - as threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The presence of these two species in the Florida Keys brings into sharp relief the intertwined relationship of water quantity and water quality in southern Florida and may require changes to the ongoing efforts to restore the Florida Everglades, especially in light of the fact that Everglades water quality restoration efforts address phosphorus pollution rather than nitrogen pollution, which is more important to the corals off southern Florida.

This short article reviews the 2006 coral listing and its import for southern Florida's dual ecosystem management.

Keywords: endangered species, threatened species, coral, Florida Keys, Everglades, water quality, water quantity, water flow, ecosystem management, ecosystem restoration, Endangered Species Act, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, CERP

Suggested Citation

Craig, Robin Kundis, Acropora spp.: Water Quantity, Water Quality, and Threatened Florida Corals. FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 254, Natural Resources & Environment, Vol. 22, No. 2, Fall 2007 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=970361

Robin Kundis Craig (Contact Author)

USC Gould School of Law ( email )

699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

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