Target: Miami Mayor Tomás Pedro Regalado
Goal: Stop the dredging of North America’s last coral reef to make room for larger cargo ships.
The coral reefs of Miami that used to be vibrant and rich in color have become gray and covered in sediment to accommodate massive cargo vessels. Right off the coast of the huge metropolis of Miami exists a large and healthy population of coral. It’s incredible that they have even survived such a harsh and polluted environment. Instead of protecting them, however, Miami is covering them in sediment, blocking their access to sunlight, and killing them.
The seafloor going from Miami to the Panama canal is being widened, deepened, and torn apart to make room for “post-Panamax” freighters. These are massive cargo boats that previously couldn’t access the Miami port because it was too shallow. The deepening or “dredging” of the port creates a lot of sediment that, when finally settled, covers the last healthy coral reef tract in North America. It’s important to protect coral reefs to maintain healthy marine biodiversity. Coral reefs provide food and shelter for many species of marine life and serve as a buffer against rising sea levels.
Miami is allowing this in hopes that it will bring in economic and big cargo opportunities to the port. What Miami fails to see is that the most valuable thing on this planet isn’t money–it’s protecting the natural resources that keep us alive. Protect the last coral reef tract of North America and demand an end to dredging to accommodate destructive sea vessels.
Dear Mayor Regalado,
Seafloor between Miami and the Panama Canal is being torn apart for “post-Panamax” freighters. The deepening or “dredging” of the port near Miami creates so much sediment in the sea that, when finally settled, it covers the last healthy coral reef tract in North America. It’s important to protect coral reefs if Miami wants to keep its buffer against rising sea levels that simultaneously maintains a healthy marine biodiversity by providing food and shelter for marine animals and plants.
Yachts and “post-Panamax” freighters should not take precedence over environmental protection. There is nothing more lucrative than the beauty of nature or sustainable living. Please protect the last coral reef tract of North America and end the dredging to accommodate destructive sea vessels.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: California Publication of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration