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Conservation of Estuaries

Postby pirategrl01 » Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:36 am

Part of my assignment is to talk about how conservation of estuaries can develop in the future. Im thinking there is going to be some new Acts (much like the RMA) to try and preserve the marine life in the estuarine environment. I also believe that events may come about in which people will realise the consequences of their actions, but by then it may be to late. There will always be people who break the rules to dispose of their wastes which will bring down a horrible future for many generations to come. New technology and ideas will help the healthy disposal of waste, but there will most likely be wealth issues.
Also the development of marinas and houses near estuaries will begin to have a negative effect on those who live there, like exposure to hazardous chemicals for example.
These are my ideas anyway.
Does anyone have any predictions that contradict mine, anything that could be developed or any ideas, i need to write alot about it.
Thanks.
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Postby alextemplet » Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:02 pm

I happen to live in one of the largest estuary systems in the United States down here in south Louisiana. The reason I am going into ecology is because of the rate at which our coastline is disappearing. One of the greatest factors is erosion of barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico.

Could you tell me little more about your thesis? Are you writing about estuaries in general or any single ecosystem in particular? How much of your research will be hands-on?
Generally speaking, the more people talk about "being saved," the further away they actually are from true salvation.

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Postby pirategrl01 » Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:09 am

Well its a 4000 word essay at my secondary school about marine biodiversity in general and im including estuaries in it because there is not much publicised about them and why they are gradually dying out. Its just a NCEA (School credits to get into university) assignment so most of my research will be with books and internet. Part of the essay is to explain what we predict will happen in the future about the conservation of the marine environment, coastal and estuarine and its quite scary looking at the marine environment in the 21st century compared to what it will become in the future.
Sorry i cant be of more help.
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Postby alextemplet » Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:49 pm

Most experts predict around here that my home town (currently about fifty or sixty miles from the coast) will be under the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the century. Coastal erosion is actually one of the biggest reasons why many citizens of Louisiana distrust the federal government, because they are consistently ignoring our warnings that something must be done. Today in my bio class I learned that had our saltwater marshes along our coast been intact, Hurricane Katrina might not have taken nearly as many lives as it actually did.

I'm speaking more from personal experience than as any sort of accredited source, so I'm probably not very helpful. But if you want to write about wetland conservation, you've picked a great topic in my opinion. I would suggest a quick search through google or wikipedia and see where that leads you.
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Postby pirategrl01 » Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:12 am

Thank you!
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