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post #9 of Old 07-18-2003
Stede
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rleslie,

Thanks for sharing the article.It''s very interesting.You know,the public doesn''t usually hear about these problems unless they''re being used politically.All the while, the conditions worsen. When I was in Oriental, I was researching buying some waterfront property there. A the time, it could be had pretty inexpensively.I had this wild vision that Oriental was going to become the "Annapolis" of the South. When I found out what was going on there, I didn''t want to buy any property regardless of what the price was.Since that time, I''ve gotten more into what''s under the water,and in the water.I do some diving,and a lot of snorkling. I set up a saltwater tank in my home and starting fooling around with propagating corals.What it''s taught me is how fragile the sea systems are. If you''ve ever done any diving/snorkling in the Carbbean, you''ve undoubtedly seen grey dying coral.It''s caused by a multitude of problems.I''m concerned that the problem is bigger than what can be corrected. As a sailor,and adventurer, it''s my intention to explore as many of the ocean reefs in the world as possible -- as soon as possible.IMO, within the next 10-15 yrs,we will loose most of them. I suggest to any fellow sailors that care about this stuff to do the same. As Forrest Gump would say,"That''s all I have to say about that..."
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