Development and tourism along the coast could soon sound the death knell for Goa’s fish reserves, said national institute of oceanography scientist Baban Ingole, addressing a workshop on coastal ecology recently.
Right from ship-breaking scrapyards to the dredging of the sea-bed, human activity is destroying coastal ecology, leaving marine fauna in a toxic environment. As a result, fish catches are dwindling and the average size of commercial fish is shrinking, he explained.
Quoting studies from Bangladesh, the world’s biggest ship-breaking nation, Ingole said that the fish around scrapyards are contaminated with toxic substances. “Chemicals like ammonia are released into the sea water and this also affects the distribution of plankton, which is a major source of food for the fish,” he said.
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