Effects Of Tourism On Coral Reefs

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In regard to a far less pressing matter, “Tourism is often cited as a motivation for countries to protect their reefs from these various forms of destruction, yet the boom in this industry is also contributing to the degradation of reefs in some areas” (Weber, 1993). The conservation of coral reefs will also lead to the preservation of some of the allure tropical destinations like the Bahamas and Cayman Islands hold, only in part, due to their coral reefs. While the islands, as well as destinations like Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, have a lot to lose from the industry, tourism is also playing a part in the death of the reefs’ coral. From standing on the coral which kills it, to attempting to take some back to one’s house in a suitcase, tourists are playing an active role in the problem for coral reefs. There is also a lot of business in exotic reef fishes and corals to add to fish tanks around the world according to Weber (1993). On top of all this, the desire to maintain the sheer beauty of coral reefs is enough reasoning to protect coral reefs even for those who do not buy into the science behind it. “The first thing that strikes a diver swimming through clear, tropical waters toward the life-laden surface of a coral reef, with its kaleidoscope of sponges, starfish, sea slugs, and myriad schools of colorful, darting fish, is the sheer abundance of living things. Nothing in the sea, and quite possibly on land, rivals coral reefs in biodiversity” says Hinrichsen (1997).
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