Posted by ReefGuardian International on April 20, 2004 at 13:06:00:
I am writing to invite you to find out about 5 coral reef marine protected areas featured this month on the ReefGuardian International website, at http://www.reefguardian.org.
Most reasonable and informed people will agree on 2 things about the state of
coral reefs today:
(1) they are degrading at an alarming rate worldwide
(2) the causes of the deterioration are so complex and
multi-faceted that in many cases we are not even able
to define what the right management fix might be.
This is why, more and more, attention is being given to coral reef marine
protected areas as a comprehensive solution to coral reef deterioration. There
is good reason to believe that such coral reef "mpas" can arrest / reverse /
prevent human-caused coral reef damage even where such damage has not been
analyzed and quantified.
You can explore that contention this month by visiting http://www.reefguardian.org and learning about how 5 quite different coral reef marine protected areas work to manage human activities and protect coral reef health. And seeing for yourself the images of the beautiful places these mpas are intended to preserve.
Once on the ReefGuardian website, go to the American Reefs section of the site
to find out about the Fagatelle Bay National Marine Sanctuary (American Samoa),
the Biscayne National Park (Florida) and the Northwest Hawaiian Islands Coral
Reef Ecological Reserve (Hawaii).
Then move on over to the ReefGuardian website's Pacific Region section to learn
about the Ningaloo Marine Park in Australia. And then surf over to the site's
Caribbean Region section for some interesting reading and viewing on the
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve in Belize.
Liked what you saw? Didn't? Agree with using mpas to protect coral reefs?
Don't agree? Just click on over from the website's homepage to the
ReefGuardian Forum and let everyone know what you think.
I hope you'll visit us and "enjoy the show"...
Alexander Stone, Director
"to protect coral reefs
and their marine life"
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