End the unsustainable fishing of parrotfish to save our coral reefs

End the unsustainable fishing of parrotfish to save our coral reefs

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Gavin De Vera started this petition to Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and

Parrotfish are an incredibly important class of fish in the sea, most especially in the Coral Triangle, due to their invaluable role in eating algae and dead coral, which prevents coral reefs from being smothered in algae. In addition, since they cannot digest the calcareous portions of corals, they excrete it in the form of white sand—the same white sand that we, Filipinos, love to lie down and run on in places such as Boracay, Batangas, La Union. However, due to their demand in the fishing and dining sector, they are often the target of unsustainable fishing. It does not help that the male is usually caught due to their larger size. Since males have much more fecundity than the female, it becomes much harder to reproduce and create new offspring. Let us not forget to mention that they are often subjected to fishing methods that have drastic effects on the ecosystem. Considering parrotfish are highly sought after as pets, perhaps due to their extravagant colors, a cyanide solution is introduced in their surrounding area, stunning them. However, this poisons the nearby corals that they call home. In addition, dynamites are also used to catch them in huge numbers, but of course, it destroys everything near the fish. This may stem from a lack of education and/or awareness regarding their ecological role and importance in the Philippines, both within the fishing sector and ourselves. We invite you to pledge for the end of the unsustainable fishing of parrotfish in order to let our already threatened coral reefs thrive.

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