[Coral-List] Remnancy vs resiliency Part 3: making a list
Brylske at aol.com
Brylske at aol.com
Thu Mar 23 15:07:46 EST 2006
In a message dated 3/23/06 1:19:48 PM, szmanta at uncw.edu writes:
> 1) Never, ever again take a vacation to a coral reef unless you have a
> way to take home with you every scrap of material (soda & beer bottles,
> left over food, your personal waste products, including used toilet
> 2) Convince all of your friends and neighbors from taking reef
> vacations, and protest at local travel agents that sell people tours to
> coral reef locations.
I have nothing but the utmost respect for you, and long ago heeded your
clarion call about the loss of biodiversity on reefs. And I certainly admit
that my opinion could be biased, having spent most of my adult life in the
marine tourism industry. But I have to ask, if people stop visiting coral reefs,
how can we build the constituency to protect them? I've always felt that Sylvia
Earle was right on target when she asked, "How can we except people to love
coral reefs who have never seen one?" Do you think that even an IMAX film
can sufficiently convey the experience of being on a reef? Personally, I don't
think so. But then again, I'm just a dump scuba instructor.
I'm not at all trying to pick a fight here. It's just that opposition to
tourism is a conservation strategy that I've never encountered before, and I'd
like to hear more of what you and others think about this. Of course, the other
issue is that tourism is now the largest industry on earth, and most of it
takes place in or near the sea. So, this will be a real uphill battle.
Alex F. Brylske, Ph.D.
The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL)
"Working together to keep coral reefs alive."
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