Cruise Ship Pollution, Coral Reefs and Aquariums (November 23, 2005)
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Cruise Ship Pollution, Coral Reefs and Aquariums

This week we'll explore how tourism and home aquariums are impacting our oceans.

Over 20 million coral reef fish are sold to aquarium hobbyists every year with the vast majority of them “wild caught.” These coveted specimens – including the threatened banggai cardinalfish and the panther grouper – are stunned by divers who use cyanide to poison the waters around them. Sensitive coral reefs and other marine wildlife suffer the consequences of this toxic collection method.

Join host Jerry Kay as we hear how the growing aquarium trade is fueling fishing practices that are destructive to both the ocean and humans. We'll also learn about cruise ship pollution and a new type of biodegradable plastic that's being used in water bottles.

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