Concrete for coral

Posted on | November 23, 2009 | No Comments

Stocking an underwater museum in a Mexican national park off Cancun amuses people but benefits fish. BBC News Diver inspecting underwater sculptures in Cancunreports that sculptures such as the one pictured left will be followed by hundreds more in a conservation effort to save imperiled coral reefs. From the article: “The sculptures will be made of PH-neutral concrete, which, it is hoped, will attract algae and marine life and give the local ecosystem a boost. According to the park’s director Jaime Gonzalez, one of the aims is to reduce the pressure on the natural habitat in other areas of the park by luring tourists away from existing coral reef, which has suffered damage from hurricanes and human activity.”

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Thanks to Thirsty in Suburbia for spotting the article. Its editor Gayle Leonard says that she follows water in art precisely because she agrees with British conservationist Paul Jepson, who is quoted in the BBC piece saying, “Conservationists need to find different ways of engaging with the world. Artists should get involved in environmental matters so it is not just scientists trying to get the message out there.”

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