Dumping & Waste Removal

Recently it has become acceptable to dump waste into the ocean (Freiwald et al. 2004). Deployed rope and fishing equipment are often found on CWC reefs and their effects are often severe (figure 12). Either by damaging their structure or smothering them affecting their morphology, food and current supplies and decreasing diversity.

Picture showing damage done by fishing gear that is lost and left behind.

Fig.12. Long-line fishing gear wrapped around a reef (Freiwald et al. 2004)

Therefore even though this issue is often over-looked it should be given serious attention as it is potentially one of the easier threats to resolve.

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