Captivating now that my time at MCSS has come to an end, certainly all the snorkelling, knowledge acquired and so much excitement in two weeks are very exhausting. The weirdest lesson I’ve learnt is that when working in a professional environment, I imitated professional habits unwillingly, but thoughts to write are few to be honest, but surely something will come up before I start off.
From my perspective before getting in the water the blue economy sounded very exciting and practically easy. Until I got involved up close and personal, now my enthusiasm has even shoot up through the roof and I believe to know 1/10 of what is required to go ahead and become a conservationist or marine biologist.
Straightway I took into account the conflicts of protecting our marine environment. The major one lies in the literacy level of our citizens about the different organisms and their contributions in such a habitat. Much education may not solve all of the issues but it can certainly give a solution to most. Like Sir Francis Bacon once wrote “Knowledge itself is power” hence no great work can be done without proper knowledge about our “blue space” in the BE concept.
Leading on with marine protection, our minds should not be driven by our stomach’s urges to eat the endangered so called “delicacies” or “rare meats” of the sea, a common example is the critically endangered green and hawksbill turtle, their Sexual maturity figures range from 3-4 years in hawksbill to 20-50 in green sea turtles presenting them as fragile to natural predators and most threatening of all, Us humans. Perhaps we don’t know turtles carry several illnesses-causing chemicals such as toxins, heavy metals and other environmental contaminants and the microbial factor is even more worrying as some are antibiotic resistant and can be incredibly pathogenic to us, causing both acute and chronic illnesses.
Are we aware of how great pressure our numbers is in terms of population and what we are causing on land resources? The fact that we have to expand our resource base beyond the coastline to rely for more medicine, jewellery, seafood and broaden the horizon for recreation the Blue Economy concept surely is a good idea for managing what we can extract from our oceans sustainably.
Very often in relation to land resources management the sentence we hear is to go green, mentioned in relation to sustainability mostly, perhaps when it comes to our oceans we need to “go blue” and prosper in complete balance with production and usage of whatever we can extract in good governance.
My space to write is running short but my thoughts are yet to be written.
I cannot conclude my blogs without a vote of thanks to present MCSS interns and boss on Cerf Island Savi, Blue economy internship programme and agents.
Greatest thanks is To Our Divine Creator, from whom we obtain all.
Caulvyn signing out…