Reef destruction and loss of Mangroves are serious problems that will impact Barbados’ marine life and its beaches! The Barbados Government has the facts it needs at its disposal. Will they solve the problem or make it worse?

Caribbean fish thinning out

Source: Carib Daily

Fish in the Caribbean have declined significantly since 1995, suggesting that 30 years of steady coral loss in the region is taking its toll, new research shows.

The overall density of fish in the Caribbean thinned an average of 5 percent annually between 1996 and 2007, according to a study published in today’s Current Biology. The findings are based on an analysis of 48 previous studies over half a century and included 273 fish species.

One Man’s Swamp Is a Fish’s Nursery

Source: Oceanus

mangrove_81253.jpg (92264 bytes)Click on the thumbnail to see the Illustration by E. Paul Oberlander, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Mangroves are like nursery schools for many of colorful fish that populate coral reefs. Among the roots and nutrient-rich waters in coastal mangrove swamps, juvenile fish get food and protection from predators until they mature and can migrate offshore to the reefs. These valuable nurseries are disappearing at an alarming rate, and so are the fish they support.

Cornell University has a 2006 article titled: “The decline of just one fish species can disrupt an entire ecosystem, study finds“. Can the reef survive the loss of the Mangroves?

If The Last Mangrove Swamp in Barbados is Destroyed, Will Many Species of Fish Be Wiped Out?

Is it the pollution killing the reefs or is the loss of the mangroves? Or is it a combination? If the reef ecosystem is destroyed, will it eventually cause massive erosion?

Quote: “Around Barbados the principle cause of beach erosion is reef death arising as a result of nearshore pollution and physical clearing.

Source: Barbados Government!!!!!

Prime Minister Thompson should read this Government report and act on it.