One of my staff was diving Molasses Reef the other day, enjoying the bait ball we’ve had there for over a week now, and he said the obvious hit him suddenly…the marine life here is really awesome! As a matter of fact, the marine life today in the Florida Keys is more abundant and diverse than it was 10 to 15 years ago, in our humble opinion. Now to those of you who dive key largo and already knew that, it does seem obvious.
But in this world we live in now this should really be applauded. Today we find many of our natural resources under attack from things like pollution, climate change, and lack of government funding for protection due to deficits, etc. It’s very easy to talk about the negatives here on the only barrier coral reef in North America, of which there are still plenty. And yet despite this, the marine ecosystem here in the Florida Keys has seen some positives over recent history, as shown most dramatically in the abundance of marine life we’re seeing these days.
In 1990, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary was established, along with many rules and regulations that some were concerned about. But with this also came government funding, for the protection of our waters and the ecosystem here. I believe we have seen the benefits of this at this point, and while there are still many problems we face here, there are tangible improvements that we all can see today on our reefs…that we all can enjoy!
We at Sea Dwellers think this is something to celebrate…Happy 4th of July America!