Stop Dynamiting Coral Reefs

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Target: Asis G Perez, Director of the Bureau for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources

Goal: Ban the sale of dynamite fish in Filipino food markets.

A diving instructor died after he was caught in an underwater explosion, and coral reef habitats were destroyed with dynamite was used as part of an illegal fishing practice in the Philippines. Fishermen set off dynamite beneath the water’s surface to kill the fish for easy capture but it is a dangerous fishing practice. Demand that the Bureau for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources ban the sale of fish killed with dynamite to put an end to this barbaric practice.

Dynamite fishing is illegal throughout the world. This dangerous fishing method is catastrophic to both the environment and the community. Over the past 20 years, dynamite fishing has resulted in the devastating loss of the Southeast Asian coral reefs. Coral reefs may take up to a century to rejuvenate on the Philippine coast due to sandy substrates beneath the water.

It isn’t just the coral reefs that suffer from these explosions, though. Much of the regions aquatic life has become endangered or gone extinct due to dynamite fishing. Those that have survived have endured the effects of the dynamite’s leftover chemicals. These chemicals reduce their swimming ability and alter their growth patterns. Humans are also vulnerable to their effects.

Fishing jobs have declined in the Philippines since the introduction of dynamite fishing. Dynamite kills so many fish at one time that fewer fishermen are needed to perform the job. Despite these consequences, Filipino fishermen continue this illegal practice. Sign below to ban the sale of dynamite fish in Filipino markets to end the demand for this barbaric practice.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Perez,

Dynamite fishing is a barbaric practice that results in both environmental and human casualties. We urge you to make dynamite fish illegal for sale in Filipino markets to end the demand for this dangerous practice.

Dynamite fishing is extremely hazardous to the environment. Repeated explosions have resulted in the loss of the Southeast Asian Coral System. This system will take centuries to rejuvenate. Dynamite explosions eradicate all marine life and leave dangerous chemicals behind. Aquatic and human life is vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals. In addition, fishing jobs are now hard to find. So many fish are caught with dynamite that fewer fishermen are needed to complete the task.

We demand that you take a stand against dynamite fishing and ban dynamite fish from sale in local markets. This will deter fisherman from engaging in this dangerous practice and save both human and marine life.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: jeltovski

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5 Comments

  1. Bina Pannell says:

    How stupid can people be? Words just fail me.

  2. “The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future – deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease.” — The World Watch Institute

  3. Sibylle Riedmiller says:

    Tanzania is another country where they have daily rampant dynamite fishing all along the coast, see http://www.tnrf.org/dynamitefishing

  4. Nature treats back now ?
    Take responsibility for your Doing
    Live your nightmare now

  5. Lori Korioth says:

    The oceans need all the help that they can get from us at this time.

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