Co­ral preser­va­tion

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

THIS is an open let­ter to all lead­ers of gov­ern­ment from Mother Na­ture who cre­ated the Great Bar­rier Reef.

Hu­man be­ings are good at talk­ing the talk but left sadly lack­ing when it comes to walk­ing the walk.

When 50% or more of co­ral reef sys­tems are se­ri­ously de­pleted from a mul­ti­tude of con­tribut­ing fac­tors, who is se­ri­ously look­ing at the nur­tur­ing side by way of co­ral farm­ing or co­ral gar­den­ing?

Post-Cy­clone Debbie, our tourism num­bers dropped sig­nif­i­cantly here in the mag­nif­i­cent Whit­sun­days.

One of the most fre­quently asked ques­tions by in­ter­na­tional and Aus­tralian tourists is what is be­ing done to nur­ture the sus­tain­abil­ity of co­ral reef sys­tems in a man­ner they can vis­i­bly wit­ness and un­der­stand?

We ur­gently need all lev­els of gov­ern­ment to take on board that the world com­mu­nity wants to see nur­tur­ing be­ing at the fore­front of per­cep­tion that the Great Bar­rier Reef must re­main as one of the seven nat­u­ral won­ders of the world.

See­ing is be­liev­ing and the time is right now to catch up with our smaller Pa­cific

neigh­bours and show the world that among the other things we need to do for sus­tain­abil­ity of the planet, we can as­sist in the nur­tur­ing of healthy, vi­brant co­ral reef sys­tems here in the worl­drecog­nised Whit­sun­days.

Our tourism fu­ture must in­clude sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing for co­ral aqua­cul­ture right here in our back­yard. — Jim Jarvis Can­non­vale

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