Coral reefs may not be doomed, but we should act as if they are

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Rainbow Reef, Fiji. Photo by David Burdick, 2006

This commentary was written and posted at in response to an Opinion piece by Roger Bradbury that appeared in the New York Times on July 13th 2012. You can find the original opinion article at

Roger Bradbury’s apocalyptic vision for certain death of the worlds coral reefs clearly runs contrary to the views of the most ecologists. Headline grabbing it may be, but it requires a peculiarly singular view of the evidence to sustain his assertion.

Rio +20: Reflecting on progress for fisheries and aquaculture

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Large Tilapia cages near Alexandria, Egypt. Photo by Graeme Macfadyen (Poseidon), 2011

On the 20th Anniversary of the first Rio Earth Summit it is time to reflect on our progress in putting fisheries and aquaculture on sustainable footings and the lessons we have learnt so far

In 1987 the Brundtland Commission articulated perhaps the central global challenge of our age – how do we achieve development outcomes that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs?