Ecological Balance of the Coral

It should not be a difficult question to answer: we must begin reducing ocean pollution and taking steps to prohibit overfishing of our ocean shallows.

The plan that is formulated to address the overfishing and man-made pollutants in the coral reefs must be conducted by authorities in marine and ecological sciences. It must be conducted on two levels: the fishing industry associated with the catches on the coral reefs; and the pollutants that are introduced into the coral reefs through contact with man. This can be done by monitoring commercial tourism and diving industries, which claim there is no residual effect on the coral reefs (Carrier, James, and McLeod, Donald, 2005, p. 315).

The Plan for Preserving the Coral Reefs

Action Items in the correct order)

Action Steps


Research and identify the effects of overfishing of species found in coral reefs.

Review fishing data as it pertains to catches, compared against load weights and specie size allowances for commercial vessels.

Month 1-6

Live Monitoring of Commercial Fishing

Marine biologists aboard commercial fishing vessels collect data to compare to prior industry data.

Month 7-19

Pollution Monitoring of the coral reefs.

Meeting of biologists and others to determine the best way to monitor pollution adversely impacting the coral reefs. Month 1-6

Compile Procedure/Protocol for Measuring Pollution

Compilation of procedural protocol manual for determining the impact of pollution, and for collection of data pollution.

Month 1-12

Survey Direct Impact

Monitor impact of commercial tourism/diving on coral reefs in Australia, Caribbean, and Indonesian systems.

Month 1-12

Collection of Data

Evaluate pollution data collection protocol against commercial tourism/diving data.

Month 13-24

Analyze Data of Over Fishing and Pollution

Review of data, categorize data by impact, and compile data into a report.

Month 25-36

Develop Presentation and Recommendations

Put analyzed data into a presentation to present to nations supporting coral reef systems. Team of specializing disciplines in science, biology, and ecology to present data and make recommendations.

Month 37-39


BBC/Discovery Channel (2006). Planet Earth: Shallow Seas, documentary film,

Discovery Channel, 12 October 2008.

Carrier, J.G., & Macleod, D.V. (2005). Bursting the Bubble: The Socio-Cultural Context of Ecotourism. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 11(2), 315+. Retrieved October 26, 2008, from Questia database:

Tibbetts, J. (2004). The State of the Oceans, Part 2: Delving Deeper into the Seas Bounty. Environmental Health Perspectives, 112(8), 472+. Retrieved October 26, 2008, from Questia database:


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