Fishing Body Votes In Favor of Coral Protection
The excessive fishing was threat to marine ecosystem at United States’ Atlantic coast. But according to new rule, authorities have prohibited bottom tending fishing in the 38,000 square miles area in the ocean. The move has been welcomed by environmental activists worldwide. The deep-sea corals located in the region are more than century old and take long time to reform. The coral systems were vulnerable to fishing nets and therefore Mid-Atlantic Fishery management council has decided to protect the same.
The council chairman Rick Robins informed that this is a historic move to conserve the coral reef systems. The council’s vote may become law in 2016 if commerce secretary approves the recommendation of the council. Oceana, organization working for conservation has welcomed this move and Gib Brogan from the organization said that coral reefs just don’t have an aesthetic value but also ecological value. The coral ecosystems are rich in organic matter and researchers often discover new species in the same. President George Bush gave new powers to fishing authorities back in 2007 to prescribe limits for fishing in order to protect common interests of the industry.
For the first time that power has been exercised. The council must be appreciated to vote in favor of environment and conservation rather than voting for the unsustainable commercial expansion of the industry it represents. It shows that the council understands that conservation of the corals will be helpful in securing long-term future for the fisheries. But many fishermen have raised voice against the decision.