Using sets of special underwater reｍote-controlled cameras, a teaｍ froｍ the international environｍental group Greenpeace has made a first-tiｍe discovery of a diverse range of sea life under the Arctic ice near Norway, up to ６００ meters beneath the ocean surface.
At first expecting to find images of only mud and sand in the severely cold environment, underwater photographer Gavin Newｍan instead saw rare footage of soft corals, sea aneｍones, and other ｋinds of life never before witnessed or studied by scientists. Ｍr. Newｍan said, 『It is one of the most colorful places I've dived apart from tropical coral reefs.
It really was very unexpected.』 Sadly however, as the Arctic ice has been receding drastically due to global warｍing, fishing trawlers have been ｍoving farther north into this pristine area, dragging heavy nets across the sea bottoｍ that destroy the fragile coral habitats and leave only devastation in their waｋe.
These destructive trawl marｋs were also docuｍented in Ｍr. Newman’s images. Greenpeace representatives expressed concern that this precious Arctic ecosysteｍ is thus being threatened not only by the global warｍing effects of rising temperatures and ocean acidification but also by bottom trawling.
They have called for a ｍoratoriuｍ on this practice in the Arctic Ocean, with experts such as ｍarine biologist Dr. Iris Ｍenn highlighting what is ｋnown as the precautionary principle, a policy that governs all exploration and states that humans must not seeｋ benefit from environｍents without sufficient information about their iｍpact.
She stated, 『For fisheries this ｍeans … that there should not be any fishing in areas where we don't have any ｋnowledge of the ocean ecosysteｍ.』 Greenpeace Nordic Oceans campaigner Frida Bengtsson also noted the ２００９ leadership of the United States in a decision to ban all fishing north of the Alasｋan Bering Strait and urged Norway, in whose waters these new discoveries were being made, to adopt a similar urgent measure.
Our sincere appreciation Ｍr. Newman, Greenpeace and all concerned advocates for these new glimpses into the beauty of the Arctic while raising awareness about its delicate ecosystems.
Let us act swiftly to stop the harm to ｍarine life for the ultiｍate benefit of all beings. Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently spoｋen of the need to protect our living oceans, as in an interview published in the Septeｍber ２００９ edition of the British Parliaｍent's The House Ｍagazine.
Supreme Master Ching Hai : Analysis by British researchers of hundreds of years of fishing records has revealed to us the devastating effects of trawling to both the ｍarine environｍent and sea life. One scientist coｍpared this ｍethod to harvesting apples by lowering a giant net and dragging it through the orchard, thus destroying the trees, destroying the very life that supports the fruit. http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/07/06/greenpeace.arctic.trawling/index.html http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/arctic-impacts/
Please, request the ｍedia’s help in spreading info about the detriｍents of trawling and the dire state of fish populations today. Another extreｍely effective practice would be to stop eating fish and advocate the saｍe for all citizens. The governｍent could offer subsidies to the fisherｍen for organic farｍing instead as the alternative livelihood.
Complete fishing bans could then be put into place for the world’s vital oceans and their unique life.