Re: Hydrocoral damage at Farnsworth

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Posted by SLANG on November 12, 2009 at 14:18:12:

In Reply to: Hydrocoral damage at Farnsworth posted by Diver Z on November 12, 2009 at 11:40:47:

I would hate to see Farnsworth removed from the list of available dive sites. It's one of my favorites. That being said, I do make a point of checking the anchor placement every time I dive there Ė whether on commercial or private boats Ė and I canít remember a single time where there wasnít some evidence of damage to the corals. Itís obviously not intentional, malicious, or even negligent Ė it just canít be avoided as things stand right now. To safely anchor and/or dive those sites, there are only a couple relatively small areas to drop your hook. The hydrocorals take a beating at those spots. So I canít help but feel a little hypocritical when I oppose a proposal for a mooring system on these sites just because it may negatively impact my personal diving enjoyment, and I then turn around and criticize the recreational anglers for what I believe to be their short-sighted view of preserving our marine resources. Nothing will change if people only support environmental protections that donít impact them.

But I think weíre missing a huge issue here. If what Ken says in his post is to be believed, these people at this meeting have already made significant advances and contributions to the diving community Ė this committee has figured out a way to limit Ken Kurtis to speaking for only TWO minutes!


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