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Rising sea surface temperatures are forcing another coral bleaching event

Rising sea surface temperatures are forcing another coral bleaching event

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Over the last 5 years, sea surface temperatures have only gotten warmer and this is forcing another coral bleaching event off Guam's waters.

"This has happened in 2013 and 2014, we started to go into this in 2016, but things cooled off with the monsoon and what we've been told this year is that there aren't any monsoon systems moving in, and we will likely see bleaching over the next month or so and it could be pretty extensive."

Staghorn Acropora coral in Tumon Bay started bleaching in July and Guam lost over 50% between 2013 and 2015 due to exposure during low tides. To help citizens identify coral bleaching, the Eyes on the Reef Marianas Program is hosting multiple training events this month including one in Piti on August 19th. You can sign up online at EORMarianas.org for a full list of training sessions and more information about the program.

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