Group: Super Administrators
Joined: Jan. 2004
||Posted: Dec. 05 2007,15:44
Don't mean to be negative, but...
The 10th Annual Status Report for the Keys National Marine Sanctuary is out and the news, though mixed, is not great...
|Boat run-agrounds are up nearly 62 percent. Fragile coral species haven't recovered from serious diseases. And polluting nutrients are choking out some sea grasses.|
The 10th annual status report of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary shows that the aquatic life is in trouble in the world's third-largest barrier coral reef -- despite a decade of protection plans and regulations designed to save it.
And though the report indicates that fish populations are rebounding in a no-fishing zone and the reef's health isn't as severely declining as in the past, things could get far worse because of something no regulation can stop right now: global warming.
Warmer and warmer waters make it tougher and tougher for the tiny clustering coral animals to live.
''Corals are the canary, the canary in the coal mine. And they have shown us for some time that we have elevated sea surface temperatures,'' Billy Causey, the director of marine sanctuaries in the Southeast, told Gov. Charlie Crist and the Cabinet before they voted to accept the sanctuary plan Tuesday.
Considering our sanctuary is the third largest barrier reef in the world, we have to be concerned. It is my view that Florida is truly the bellweather, the world's canary. If the "leading country on earth" cannot preserve the amazing Everglades and the Keys Sanctuary, you can be sure our grandchildren, if not our children will suffer mightily.
We owe them, mankind and our home the Earth better than that....
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