Our reefs are at risk
By Carl Pinder | Wed, May 30, 2012 - 12:01 AM()
Owing to lack of flying fish, local fishermen are now scraping our shore of jacks, small snappers and the like. And they are using these big seine nets to catch fish.
They are unwittingly destroying our West Coast reefs and not allowing the fish to breed, especially off the waters of Batts Rock beach. This is now a everyday practice, and I hope that those in charge will check it out and police it, before the reef fish finally disappear.
On any given day, you can see all kinds of catamarans along the West Coast laden with visitors. I counted 22 one Saturday. These catamarans are also contributing to the demise of the West Coast reeds and the sea turtle population.
The reef is now polluted with plastic cups, plastic bags, spoons, forks, and even PET bottles. Thus the same turtles the vistors come to see are being killed off – all for a quick dollar.
I am appealing to all those in charge to protect our turtles, and the West Coast beaches and reefs before it is too late.
We can cordon off certain areas for a few months and do a study of the reefs and the impact of the influx of all the reef raiders before it is too late.
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