Living on destruction
“There are only two threats to coral reefs: the needy
and the greedy.”—Thomas Goreau, Global Coral Reef Alliance. This is the most devastating braid of this tapestry. When people are desperate to survive and there is a way to meet the needs of a family or village then every precaution is bypassed by many fishermen in Indonesia.
The beauty of the coral reefs near Ujungpandang is more like a war zone then a place of thriving beauty. Masses of coral that have been demolished by blast fishing
dominating the coral reefs in this area, in the distance explosions can be heard the cry of death rings from it. Blast fishing if the name dosen’t explain it all, is when you make a bomb throw it in the water and then grab up the fish. Then after they blow up a ton of fish some skinny little dudes hope in the water and then dive down to depths of 100 feet for lengths of 20 to 30 minutes at a time without any real diving equipment that we use in America. The men who practice this sadly can’t stop even though they see the damage it has on the reefs, the money which is about 2,800-4,650 dollars for a full hold is like holding a stake up to a dog thinking it wont eat it. In a country that is among the poorest in the world a chance like that is irresistible, these people will always try to fulfill their need.
Some fishermen don’t blow fish up they just squirt poison in their face, rip them out of the coral and sell them to some Chinese dudes. The poison is a sodium cyanide solution that is used to stun the fish. Oddly enough this may be more destructive then blast fishing because the fishermen
who look for “exotic fish” only kill the biggest and best ones, devastating that fish species ability to reproduce. This practice is fueled by the greed and arogence of the Chinese elite. Who dine on these exotic coral fish as a sign of their wealth and power.
What can you do when greed meets need? That braid between greed
and need is one of the tightest and will not be easily undone if ever. Will the reefs ever recover? I’m no expert but I am very optimistic and I believe that one day things will find balance but that won’t be until every human on earth starts to see nature for what its worth…Everything.