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Old 09-04-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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I heard recent account of dammaged coral reef in the Andaman islands. I am not sure of the cause, bleaching, 2004 Tsunami where proposed. Has anyone been there lately? I am considering sailing up there in December, the bureaucracy being a pain in the neck, if the coral reefs are not worth a dive, the whole trip could be a waste of time.

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Old 09-06-2011, 01:50 AM   #2
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Good Day everyone,

I heard recent account of dammaged coral reef in the Andaman islands. I am not sure of the cause, bleaching, 2004 Tsunami where proposed. Has anyone been there lately? I am considering sailing up there in December, the bureaucracy being a pain in the neck, if the coral reefs are not worth a dive, the whole trip could be a waste of time.

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Hi Francis,

The reports I have had, do not mention serious problems with coral. Having said that, The Nicobars were very badly by the Tsunami. The west coast of the islands on the west coast of Sumatra were lifted over a meter so that the fringing coral was brought into higher water temperature, resulting in bleaching. You are right about the bureaucracy what with rules and limits as to reporting and limits on where you can go -- still only 11 islands.

The Best coral and diving is Rutland Island 11d 24' N x 92d 39 E

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Hi Francis,

The reports I have had, do not mention serious problems with coral. Having said that, The Nicobars were very badly by the Tsunami. The west coast of the islands on the west coast of Sumatra were lifted over a meter so that the fringing coral was brought into higher water temperature, resulting in bleaching. You are right about the bureaucracy what with rules and limits as to reporting and limits on where you can go -- still only 11 islands.

The Best coral and diving is Rutland Island 11d 24' N x 92d 39 E

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Hi Richard,

I picked up the info from an update in Noonsite and friends that sailed the archipelago a couple of season ago. If the lifting caused bleaching I would assume (always a dangerous endeavor) only the shallow coral would be affected. Having said that the bleaching I've seen in the Maldives was as deep as some 20 meters, some reefs were affected and some not.

Let's see if the topic attract more feedback.

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