Mr. Dean Miliken with the three
interviewers from the 'Computer
Dean Miliken is the Associate Director of The Florida Institute of Oceanography .He is involved with the Caricom Coastal Marine Program. This program started in the mid 1980's when certain marine health personnel realized that similar things were happening in the various territories ,however ,there was no official data collected at the time .
In the late 80's there was a "warm water" event . Warm water swept through the Eastern Caribbean ,north to the Yucatan Straits and then to the Florida Straits .The bleaching of coral was a direct effect of this event.
When dates were compared by the marine personnel ,they realized the pattern ,but it was too late to monitor it. Satellite photographs verified the phenomenon based on this event .The Coastal Marine Program was established and a set of basic protocols were devised for the kind of data and methods of collection. This protocol included measurements within mangroves, sea grass beds and coral reefs. The sampling program and equipment for measuring in each habitat as well as a time frame was established : some measurements were taken weekly ,annually and bi-annually to produce a better picture.