Concerned authorities in Hawaii have turned to coral reef management amidst the crisis of massive marine bleaching.
State officials in Hawaii have announced the institution of a comprehensive coral reef management plan. This occurs in the middle of a widespread bleaching of the oceans. The plan will be acted upon by the start of next year.
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The problem seems to be the rate of coral bleaching. The reefs are facing certain extinction unless some degree of interventionist activity is undertaken by man. The coral reefs ought to be full of life and vibrant instead of lifeless and morose.
It all started with strict orders from the authorities regarding the display of plant-eating fish in aquariums. These fish were vital for the coral reefs in the sea. So their removal from their natural habitat is a wrong move that could backfire in a terrible way.
However, others say that most fish are not whisked away from their natural habitats. This is just a myth, they say, and nearly non-existent. In fact, the herbivore fish are more numerous than they have ever been in the past times. They are virtually thriving. These fish are so common that they form 92% of the catch by fisheries.
Also no parrot fish are being kept in aquariums. The protection lent to these species is alright as it goes, but no transgression of the law is being carried out by aquarium owners or the fisheries for that matter.
The whole process requires a lot of intensive efforts to re-balance and re-populate the sea flora and fauna surrounding the coral reefs. The coral reefs require our immediate attention. But attention needs to be paid in the right direction and no such wild goose chase as is currently being pursued ought to be tolerated.
Many feel the efforts underway at present are pretty pathetic. The fish that are exported for display purposes in many an aquarium seem to have become the pet peeve of the authorities.
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While there is much truth to this proposition, the facts speak otherwise. It is a very delicately poised community of marine life we are talking about here. Just concentrating on one single species of fish will not do the job. As far as many of the skeptics are concerned, banning aquarium fish will have no impact. It is a fake point of order and cannot help resolve the issue at a core basis.