Resuscitating A Reef

"We Can Fix the Great Barrier Reef." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.

This article is an editorial piece talking about the ways to save the dead reefs in Australia. Australia has the world's largest barrier reef covering almost 1,400 miles of water. Over the last 50 years, the Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals, The killers of these coral plants are seen throughout the ocean. Dredging, coal mining, oil refineries, dumping, fishing, and scuba diving are all culprits of the murder. Jon Day from the ARc studies for Coral Reefs says that Australia must do what is neccasary to save these reefs. The article says that they are trying to prevent further damage to the reefs, then give them room to breathe. They also have a six point plan to help this cause

  • A return to the former emphasis on conservation and protection of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Australia taking a lead role in tackling climate change by transitioning away from fossil fuels.
  • Permanent legislative bans on dumping both capital and maintenance dredge spoil within the World Heritage area.
  • An overhaul of the environmental impact assessment process for new developments
  • The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) reinstated as the agency responsible for all aspects of the Great Barrier Reef, including fishing and ports.
  • A 50-year plan and adequate funding for the use of the catchment designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and agricultural run off.

The ethical issues at hand are sustainability and stewardship. The Australian reef community is trying to find a way to live while being respectful and trying to show a sustainable future for both the locals and the coral reef.  As well, it is our call as humans to respect this nature and help protect it.

I believe that Australia is headed in the right direction, and with it other countries can follow in trying to make their water systems more sustainable. An example is the San Francisco Bay, littered with trash and spillage. Do you see this happening in the foreseeable future and do you see it spreading to other areas around the world.