Corals are our lifeblood

What will the Cayman Islands look like 300 years from now?

That partially depends on how we treat the corals in the sea that surrounds our country.

If we don’t address the needs of our dying corals, and soon, the future of our Islands and our future generations is bleak.

Combining dying corals with rising sea levels means the future of the Cayman Islands could be one that is under water.

Coral reefs are so important to our daily lives, the lives of our Islands and the creatures that live in our sea.

And protection of our corals goes beyond just staying off them while diving and anchoring to bottom fish.

We can all do our part above the sea to ensure our corals live long, healthy lives.

For starters, we have got to do a better job of policing the development near our shores. In many cases mangroves are being cut down to allow scenic views from high rise condominiums and office buildings. Those mangroves are an important part of our ecosystem as they prevent waste runoff water from entering the sea and out onto the corals where bacteria puts the coral under stress and can lead to its demise.

We can also take care that we limit the amount of waste that ends of in the George Town Landfill, or Mount Trashmore. The garbage dump is an ever-growing menace to our environment and God only knows what is leaching from the pile of refuse that is the highest point in George Town, let alone Grand Cayman.

To that end, we once again call upon the Government to implement and insist on a proper recycling programme for the Cayman Islands.

And while we are calling upon Government, we urge our elected officials to approve the National Conservation Law, which has been languishing for years.

The Marine Conservation Law that is already on the books does give blanket protection to corals, but proof has to be shown that reefs have been intentionally damaged and specific species of corals are not protected.

The new law does cover specific coral species, which means they would get better protection than what is happening now. But for the law to work, it has to be passed.

We have been promised that this administration will approve the Conservation Law. The Observer on Sunday hopes that our elected officials have the political will to do so.