Friday, June 16, 2006

Just in! President Bush creates largest marine sanctuary in the world

As a boater and as a fisherman, you come to respect marine ecosystems that help the fish population. Without proper care of reefs and fish habitats, fishermen around the world wouldn't be able to catch fish. This is why I'm so happy with President Bush's decision to declare the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands as a national monument.

Previous presidents have tried their best to protect this marine sanctuary; however, until now, they were blocked by lobbyists and special interest groups when they tried to declare the area as a sanctuary. Bush initially wanted to do the same thing; however, it would take at least one year to review. Knowing that it was too much red tape, he invoked a special 100-year old executive power that was given to the presidency in the National Antiquities Act. The president was able to declare the area as a national monument! Good move.

Pro's: This move has some awesome benefits:

  1. Immediate relief of multiple Pacific marine habitats not found anywhere else.
  2. This will increase the population of fish in the immediate area by protecting it from commercial fishing.
  3. Within the next few years, fish populations will increase outside of the area and will actually help commercial fisheries.
  4. Wildlife such as endangered seals, sharks, dolphins, lobsters, and the surrounding reef systems will flourish.
  5. This has some global effects as well as migrant birds use this area as a stopping point and nesting area.
  6. Also, the more marine plants exist and flourish, it will better our atmosphere.
  7. If you've ever wanted to monitor bird flu, this area needs to be successfully protected and monitored.


Con's:

  1. Commercial fishing to stop within five years, this will hurt a small group of companies and families on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they will be able to reap the benefits of a lively fish habitat.


If you have ever seen Jean-Michel Cousteau's film on PBS, you'll find the underwater wonders of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. You will be amazed at the wildlife underneath an area that seems to be just a link of barren islands.

1 comment:

Ayman said...

word up homie!