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Death... beneath the deep blue sea
After the sea animals, it’s now the turn for corals to face the consequences of human activity...
Rightly did someone say that ‘Size does matter’. What else would someone call an act of altruism by mankind towards the sharks & whales of the deep blue sea on one hand, and complete disregard towards the tiny animals more commonly known as Corals, on the other hand?
While the world has woken up to the fact that the shark population has reduced by around 90% in the last 50 years, nothing much is done to protect the corals or the coral reefs which ironically protects the quality of environment under the sea. It has dawned upon organisations like the CITES, the World Conservation Unit, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission & others that there is a need to protect sharks. It obviously is a good initiative but ignores the need for Coral protection. However, of late, a difference has been made. The International Society for Reef Studies is taking serious initiatives to protect the corals, so much so that it is even encouraging the World Bank to ignore policies which do not clearly reflect the sensitivity of reefs to development. Apparently 1,100 marine scientists have also signed a statement primarily aimed at the UN & governments of other countries to stop destruction of Corals. Bottom-trawling, a faster way of catching more fish & also a faster way for destroying corals, have reduced the floor of North-West Australia from ‘rainforests of the deep’ to a barren land under the sea. What a letdown the outcome will be considering the fact that Australian economy is cashing in on its tourism industry with major contributions from water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling et al.
True that drops of water make an ocean. But the Corals need big protection and not drops of the same.
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