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|Fishing With Cyanide - Coral Reef Genocide|
|Marine Topics - Conservation|
|Written by The Coral Reef Alliance|
Cyanide Fishing Destroys Coral Reefs
Cyanide, one of the most toxic poisons known, is being used to catch live fish in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. Fishermen stun fish by squirting cyanide into the reef areas where these fish seek refuge. They then rip apart the reefs with crowbars to capture disoriented fish in the coral where they hide. In addition, cyanide kills coral polyps and the symbiotic algae and other small organisms necessary for healthy reefs."These practices are criminal . . . they attack the natural productive environment which allows the renewal of marine resources. Destroying coral today is destroying tomorrow's fishes."
Jacques Yves Cousteau, after a recent visit to Palawan to examine reefs destroyed by cyanide fishing.
Cyanide fishing is widespread, highly profitable, and causes massive destruction to coral reefs. And it is increasing.
Why do they do it?
Fishermen can sell live fish, such as grouper, wrasses, rock cod and snapper, to exporters for many times the price of dead fish. The exporters then turn around and demand five times the price they paid for the fish by selling them to foreign luxury live fish markets in Asia. While cyanide fishing is illegal in most nations, many governments do not monitor and enforce restrictions against cyanide use.
What is CORAL doing to help?
LIKE DYNAMITE FISHING, CYANIDE FISHING RUINS CORAL REEFS FOREVER.
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