Fishy logic

21 Jun, '07

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The huge Bahrain Bay development on the coast of Manama, virtually next to the Bahrain Financial Harbour development and opposite those energy efficient Bahrain World Trade Twin Towers, is experiencing a little problem with the little reef they are built upon so as a responsible company, they applied for permission to eradicate those pesky reefs and continue on with their development.

The municipality did not hesitate much to grant that permission, with the following assertion from the committee’s chairman, an elected official:

The council’s technical committee studied the request and found its removal would ensure a better water flow in the area, already crowded by major development projects.

Committee chairman Abdulmajeed Al Sebea’a said the removal would not harm the marine environment and “on the contrary it would benefit from it.”

“We took the decision because it is blocking water flow,” he said.

“The council has been backing the bay project and other development schemes, and we don’t believe that removing the coral reefs will cause any harm to the environment.

“This is not one of the huge fashts like Fasht Al Adhm or Fasht Al Jarem, this is a small one, which is not that important and removing it would ensure better progress of work.”

Mr Al Sebea’a said the council took its decision after studying all aspects of the proposal.

Oh how I am relieved!

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  1. Darth says:

    Well, honestly there is a difference Mahmood. This “Fasht” is dead. Fash Al-Adham isn’t. 33% of all the fish in Bahrain comes from Al-Adhm. A Coral Reef technically is “a reef composed mainly of coral and other organic matter of which parts have solidified into limestone.” .. In the case of this small Fasht its completely solidified into limestone. If we focused on reducing the percentage of reclaimed vs. Bridge in Fasht Al-Adham we might actually preserve something should be preserved.

  2. mahmood says:

    This “Fasht” is dead. Fash Al-Adham isn’t. 33% of all the fish in Bahrain comes from Al-Adhm.

    I differ to your knowledge on the matter Darth. The intent of the article is not just to point the finger at this particular fasht, but also highlight the eventual demise of all fashts and probably all natural subjects in this country due to the laws which are not implemented and the mentality of our officials.

    Would it have not been better, for instance, that the approval for the removal of this dead fasht contingent upon the developer creating a replacement artificial one within or without that development?

    What would it take other than a few old tyres or a sunken vessel to recreate an environment good enough to bring back that habitat even if that would take 50 years from the inauguration of such an incubator?

  3. Salman says:

    It is a true shame what they have done to the marine life. They have harmed the income of many people in the country as well. There is a lot of fish in that reef, believe it or not. Every kind of fish you can think of can be caught in that reef.

    It will be only a matter of years that fish will be no more in Bahrain. Or the price of it will just sky rocket (which has already happened anyway).

  4. jack says:

    Committee chairman Abdulmajeed Al Sebea’a said the removal would not harm the marine environment and “on the contrary it would benefit from it.”

    Can someone explain how the environment will benefit from removing coral reefs from the ocean?

  5. Redbelt says:

    Mahmood, I agree.
    Any entity wishing to remove any matter of nature should only be granted approval if and only if the removed matter is of little or no environmental impact and the entity pledges to replace the same.

  6. Sos says:

    “on the contrary it would benefit from it.”

    Is he talking about their pocket books?

    “We took the decision because it is blocking water flow,” he said.

    Hmmm, I think it’s all the dumped sand that is blocking the water flow!!!

    “The council has been backing the bay project and other development schemes, and we don’t believe that removing the coral reefs will cause any harm to the environment.

    Now they’re environmentalists?

    What a bunch of malarky! Do they really think the public is stupid enough to believe this load of garbage?

  7. Captain Arab says:

    As a Bahraini and living on an island, with beauitful weather, I just wish that I could take my kids to a decent beach to swim and play in the sand, without having to watch out for tar, broken glass, aluminium cans, and other garbage. Sure, I can pay 600 BD’s in memebership to some fine hotel or club just to enjoy the luxury of a man-made beach.. But.. WHY SHOULD I??? I used to drive down to south of the island to enjoy the clear waters and smooth sandy beaches around Ras-Al-Burr, that is blocked now because of the resort being built. Before we talk about protecting the envoirnment and saving the coral reefs, should’nt we be sorting out the beach in Zallaq??? Any ideas of other beaches in this country?

  8. mahmood says:

    The Ritz!

    Beyond that I don’t know of any.

  9. Anonymous says:

    “Only when the last tree has died, the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.”

    “We may see the small value God has for riches, by the people he gives them to.”

  10. F says:

    It is sad that it was stated that ‘this is a small one, which is not that important and removing it would ensure better progress of work.”’

    All coral life, be it small or big are important to Bahrain and rest of the world.

    I agree that progress needs to be made and developments, like Business Bay and others,
    are important for Bahrain. Many times, our eco-system pays the price.

    We should in reality, develop more artificial
    reefs. In this case, duplicate the exact size
    of removed Fasht somewhere else. I’m not a
    marine biologist, but I wonder if many corals
    can be ‘moved’ to other locations? Most probably they would die form being uprooted. However, coral ife could possibly regenerate faster on older Fasht.

  11. The Joker says:

    ” the removal would not harm the marine environment and “on the contrary it would benefit from it.””

    OF COURSE it would, sweetheart!

    – The Joker

  12. Tariq says:

    :mrgreen: Guys after few years we gonna eat TUNA. So you better get used to it by now!

  13. Johnster says:

    What inducements were made to reach this speedy decision?

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