Big Oil threatens Bahraini coral reefs

This video is about diving to see Bahrain’s beautiful marine wildlife. Unfortunately, it seems that if the dictatorship and its multinational corporate friends have their way, divers will soon see nothing but oil slicks.

Not just, as often, bad news today about oppression in Bahrain.

Also bad environmental news from the Bahraini absolute monarchy’s puppet parliament.

A victory for the regime’s Big Oil cronies over Bahrain’s vulnerable marine environment.

From Trade Arabia:

Bid to protect Bahrain’s coral reefs blocked

Manama: Tue, 27 Mar 2012

Bahrain’s Shura Council yesterday (March 26) blocked attempts by MPs to protect Bahrain’s two biggest fashts (coral reefs) as it could jeopardise four oil excavation agreements.

It unanimously rejected a bill to have Fasht Al Jarem and Fasht Al Adm protected in line with Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature classifications.

If passed, it would have meant that the government could only build family tourism facilities on them, including public parks, hotels, restaurants and jetties, in addition to the allocation of public beaches and coasts.

However, the council said the move would risk four agreements signed by Bahrain for oil excavations in those areas.

“American petroleum giants Occidental‘s work falls on interval two that covers Fasht Al Adm and Thai mega petroleum company PTTEP’s work is on interval three, which is on the same fasht,” said council committee secretary Abdulrahman Jawahery. …

In an oil spill scandal recently in Australia, “the Thai conglomerate PTTEP systematically violated elementary safety standards.”

MPs hoped the protected area of Fasht Al Jarem would be 240 sq km and Fasht Al Adm 260 sq m.

The bill would have penalised those who reclaim or pollute parts of the waters surrounding the fashts and could have faced three years in prison or have been fined up to BD100,000 ($265,250).

The same punishments would have applied to those who destroy the fashts’ coral reefs or marine life through commercial fishing, which would have also been banned.

Violators would have been obliged to restore the place to its original state at their expense. Council member Dr Abdulaziz Abul said his colleagues took the wrong approach by rejecting the bill.

“MPs are trying to protect the two fashts from turning one day into private property and they are right in their concerns since several natural habitats are now in the hands of several VIPs,” he said.

“They have precisely named the two fashts because they are two of the richest in marine resources and they want to ensure that stayed for people to benefit from and even enjoy as a family tourist destination.

“There is no clash between protection and excavation at the same time, the two companies will be just required to use environmental-friendly technologies while carrying out their work.”

Pollution threatens Arabian Gulf coral reefs: here.

USA: Gulf Oil Spill: Coral Death ‘Definitively’ Linked To BP Spill: here.

According to researchers from Oregon State University, coral colonies which once thrived in the Caribbean Sea has now gone down about 80 percent as compared to 40 years before. As a matter of fact, around one third of corals around the world are threatened with very extinction. So, what adverse effect is causing such a rapid disintegration of this particular underwater ecosystem? Well, scientists fear that it is the malefic consequence of a previously explored avenue: viral diseases: here.

Declines in Caribbean coral reefs pre-date damage resulting from climate change: here.

Some corals like it hot: Heat stress may help coral reefs survive climate change: here.

Threatened Reef Corals of the World: here.

March 2012. A protected coral reef in Fiji briefly opened for an intensive five-week fishing season was largely depleted of its fish populations and has been slow to recover, according to a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society: here.

Australia: Protect the Coral Sea petition: here.

From the USA: Let’s Stop Fighting in Afghanistan and Wage a War on Big Oil.

REPRESENTATIVES of devastated communities from Gulf Coast and Tar Sands regions confronted the BP Board yesterday morning at their AGM over their failure to address environmental and social damage: here.

There are winners and losers among corals under the accumulating impacts of climate change, according to a new scientific study: here.

Dying coral’s economic ripple in Florida: here.

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    So you’ll probably be glad to read Peter’s hopeful words about how people are starting to pay attention to this critical issue. There’s hope, he says, in ocean summits hosted by influential publications like The Economist — not to mention the announcement of a Global Partnership for Oceans featuring CI, the World Bank and many of our friends in the conservation world.

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