CAYMAN ISLANDS CONSERVATION

 

According to Reuters, tourism industries especially in the Cayman Islands and those based on coral reef, will cost them more losses if the continuing climate change is ignored and if measures to fight it are not employed.

Cayman Islands are ranked amongst the top ten world diving destinations.

The coral reef loss is about 50% especially accelerating in the last decade.

Cayman Islands

 

Coral reefs tourism activities attract about 50% of the gross domestic product received in Cayman Islands. Some organization such as United Nations through its organisation the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has warned that the word must make haste in controlling the pollution that would lead to the rise in temperatures leading to sea rising thus submerging the islands in turn killing the most important economic value of the Cayman Islands.

The pollution causes global warming that in turn heats the sea water leading to coral bleaching diseases that can sweep the whole of the coral reefs species in the whole word.

Due to the above warnings and concerns from different entries, there has been suggested some measures to control the coral reef loss.

Among the efforts implemented includes:

Marine parks and Marine Protected Areas: In bid to protect the Cayman Islands, some areas have been protected under marine parks which include Blood Bay.

These protected zones are exposed to the danger of being affected by distance pollutions in that a pollution occurring near the park is a threat to the marine park.

Marine conservation laws: these laws have been designed to control the fishing activities in order to fight over fishing.

For example lobsters need to be 6 inch in size and must be spiny lobsters. In addition the catch limit has been set to three per person or six per boat in a day. The laws are also very strict on some marine activities such as shipping that makes the structure of the coral reefs to be disturbed.

Though there has been created some measures to control the coral bleaching more awareness need to be created among the people and especially to the communities living in these islands.

Again for fishing companies they need to be made aware of unlawful fishing activities.

There so many benefits associated with coral bleaching and some of them include: Conservation helps to reduce the mortality rate of the coral reef communities. The deaths associated with the coral bleaching are reduced to greater percentage.

Again it helps in avoiding over fishing which in turn affects the structure of the fish communities within the coral regions. In other cases, the tourist activities have increased in the areas associated considered no go zone by tourist due to immense death of coral reefs.

This in turn has boosted the gross economic product putting the country in a better position to maintain and carry out their main governance activities as well as maintenance of the protected marine parks.

 

Though it will take some years to restore the original form of the Cayman Islands, there is some promise that the situation has been well handled so far.

 

More organizations need to come in, suport and protect this top ten tourist site.

 

 

 

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