If our forests are crucial to our socio-economic development it is the same way with the coastal areas. This is the major reason why it’s important to conserve our marine environment while we still can. You can read up on marine conservation using the CCAMLR Science journal.
In Asia and Pacific region most communities depend on the coastal resources thus making some of these areas over exploited which threatened the rich biodiversity during these areas. A number of the reasons with this degradation of coastal areas include over exploitation, destructive fishing and conversion of marine environment into eco-tourism projects and aquaculture.
The saddening results of these destructive activities have greatly led to the decrease in mangroves and coral reefs which cause loss of fisheries productivity and biodiversity including the threat to our endangered migratory species. Moreover, in Southeast Asia where the majority of world’s mapped reefs can be found has been assessed to get high potential of threat from disturbance because of various destructive activities in the community. Based on a study about 80% of Southeast Asian reefs especially in the Philippines and Indonesia are at risk while half are in high risk.
Many organizations are improving and protecting the coastal areas in Asia and also the Pacific to prevent further impact to human survival. It is far from yet too far gone to adopt part of this responsibility being a resident with this planet earth. Conserve what’s left with this marine environment not only for your future generations but for our very own survival.
We could help create awareness to the public about our threatened coastal resources and how it could affect our livelihoods if the losing of marine biodiversity continues. We are able to also support the activities within our local communities regarding the protection of marine biodiversity. In addition, we could engage in providing information regarding the alternative ways or proper utilization of our coastal resources. Lastly, always support our national and native government in law enforcement for marine conservation.
The Benefits that Accrue from Marine Reserves. The roll-out of marine protected areas is bearing fruit. Reefs are recovering, alternative livelihoods are now being forged by locals once associated with destructive fishing practices, and tourism income has been ensured on a long term basis in areas that seemed destined to get a quick and permanent decline. Education of local populations as well as their children is creating more informed and in-touch coastal communities who understand and respect the fragility of their environment.
Recreational diving vacations may go hand-in-hand with CCAMLR Science. Divers taking a scuba vacation in these areas generate revenue that is utilized to help fund preservation programmes, assist with clean-ups of beaches and waters, offer the rehabilitation of reefs and mangrove plantations, implement patrols of the region and assistance with the enforcement of poaching bans.
I am hoping you are feeling encouraged you to support marine protected areas by looking at them frequently and getting involved where you could. Your tourism dollars are necessary to the local economies you visit. Should you cguzce conscientiously, with sensitivity, and play a role in the regional community if you are paying a conservation fee, then your vacation continues to be wholly positive and also you are playing an important role in ensuring the well-being in the destination.