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Chapter 12 of the enchanted braid was kind of a follow up to chapter 11. In chapter 11 Osha explained to us how the different practices of destructive fishing had taken its toll on the reefs in the thousand islands region of the Philippines. Chapter 11 explained the social problems of why it is so hard to save the coral reefs in the area. The only way to really save a reef fishery is to get the fishermen to honestly care.

Great things are never done by just one person, but with a group of people the possibilities are almost endless. For some time now scientists had just tried to tell the island fishermen that over fishing, blowing fish up, and squirting some poison at them is really not good for the reef. Sadly a resounding “Who cares is usually the answer the people give the scientists.” Think about it would you actually put some stupid underwater plant/mineral/animals survival above you and your poverty stricken families lives. Easier said then done right?

“Unless the fisher folk are empowered in the truest sense and given alternative livelihoods, then the remaining resources will not be preserved and sustained.” Said Filipina Sotto. I thought that this quote is a great summery for the chapter because it tells you that one: people are only gonna help you out with saving the reefs if you have a way to take care of them while everything is working itself out. Like in the Apo scenario there was really not gain for the fishermen until a decade later. Most people are not willing to wait an entire decade to catch so more fish when they barely are surviving as it is.

Apo is a really good example of how great things can be when a community can come together and get behind something bigger then oneself and really make a difference in the world. I believe that saving a reef is not all about the reef but it’s a lot about giving those people who live off it a way to a better life. Each and every person on earth was created for a reason and from the dawn of time it has been our job to take care of the things that we have “And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-everything that has the breath of life in it-I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.” (Genesis 1:30-31) God has given us everything; we decide what happens to it. If we want to keep the beautiful coral reefs of the thousand islands alive and healthy then we need to keep our brothers and sisters there alive and healthy as well and saving the reefs will just fall into place.

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Comment by Nick Straton on November 17, 2008 at 8:37pm
I agree that having tourism is a great alternative but I don't think all places have that ability. Some areas may be really terrible places for tourists. Places like Jakarta Bay isn't somewhere people want to go or see. There are probably other alternatives but nobody has offered them yet.
Comment by Taylor Braby on November 17, 2008 at 8:25pm
It's funny that you blogged about finding the locals other means to make a living and take care of their families other than the reef. I totally agree with this and I sort of wrote my little blog circling that idea. When the locals were making money off the tourists instead of the reef I thought it was a great idea! Not only did it supply income for the locals but it also brought in more tourists! Great work!
Comment by Dillon Brewer on November 17, 2008 at 8:20pm
I like at beginning when you said most of the time people respond not caring, thinking that if it doesn't effect them why bother with it. That is true, people today are just getting careless.
Comment by ShelbyRae on November 17, 2008 at 8:15pm
I liked how you connected to the Bible for some reason on what you said. I agree with your point of view about the helping of coral reefs are not for the reef but for the people that live on the reef and need the reef to survive.
Comment by Terra Younger on November 5, 2008 at 1:31pm
I agree, the Filipina Sotto quote summarizes up chapter 12 very well.

Your post to me this time was very inspirational, very positive. No offense but you usually "dis" on the book and stuff and it's hilarious. But this time your post gave me "hope," which is what I think this chapter was all about. :)

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