Coral in Crisis
With the coral centres in some parts of the world in real crisis, I thought it best reassure evriwan, that all is good at Uepi. (I am touching LOTS of wood as I say this)
I did a quick shoot at Landoro Gardens to illustrate this, but Uepi Point and other dive sites are also looking good. The HOWEVER of it all, is that marine environments around the world are being changed by many threats, coral bleaching due to increased water temperature being only one. Crown of Thorns starfish, water acidification, pollutants from various sources, over exposure to fishing, land degradation, direct human impact are a few more and of course the enigma of EL Nino with its wilful ways, hovers around us every few years.
A healthy coral reef anywhere is a dynamic environment with all species reproducing, juveniles growing (and some dying) adults maturing and moving on to reproduce, (some dying) old age setting in and eventually all the species die, some even die of old age. Therefore even a healthy flourishing coral reef will have some dead species obvious – its just part of the life cycle. This of course can be directly compared to human environment where exactly the same process is taking place.
None of us have much control over the real threats to our precious corals. At Uepi we are constantly on the watch to do the small things we can, to minimise the impacts of the threats. But until genuine and radical global action is taken to severely restrict/change the human impacts that are causing the accelerated rate of threats, we are at the whim of chance – the luck of the draw – bad luck can hit anywhere, anytime. I could hide under the umbrella of denial, tucking volcanic action, historical events, China and others into my bulging brief of excuses to do nothing, but ACTUALLY that is not going to help he situation, it would just allow me to reassure myself that is all going to be OK. After all someone WILL invent something soon - to fix and stop this madness!! (really??)
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