Friday, April 30, 2010

Blast Fishing

Blast fishing a.k.a dynamite fishing is the practice of using explosives to stun or kill fish for easy collection. This often illegal practice can affect the surrounding ecosystem, as the explosion often destroys corals that often supports the fish.

Although outlawed this practice still occurs in the continent of Asia especially here in the Philippines. In the Philippines, where the practice has been well documented, blast fishing dates back to even before World War I, as this activity is mentioned by Ernst J√ľnger in his book Storm of Steel. One 1999 report estimated that some 70,000 fishermen (12% of the Philippines' total fishermen) engaged in the practice.

Extensive hard-to-patrol coastlines and corrupt government help make blast fishing a continuous challenge for the authorities.

Commercial dynamite or, more commonly, homemade bombs constructed using a glass bottle with layers of powdered potassium nitrate and pebbles or an ammonium nitrate and kerosene mixture are often employed. Such devices, though, may explode prematurely without warning, and have been known to injure or kill the person using them, or innocent bystanders.

The explosion creates an underwater shock wave that ruptures the fishes' swim bladders thus stunning them. A small number of fish will float to the surface, but most sink to the bottom. The explosion indiscriminately kill large number of marine creatures and also damages the coral reefs.

Al Gore LIVE in Manila

An Inconvenient Truth part of Al Gore's seminar series held on World Environment Day

An Inconvenient Truth lecture series is part of Former US Vice President Al Gore's seminar series that will open your eyes to the challenges Earth faces because of humankind's ignorance and arrogance. SM Prime Holdings have organized Al Gore in Manila to coincide with World Environment Day and to further promote their claims of environmental concern in all that they do.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Give a Tree as a Gift

Help save the Philippine forests. Give a gift tree.
PhP100 plants a seedling. Be part of the solution.

With every tree planted, the beat of life continues.

Friday, April 2, 2010

We Are the World 25

Haiti's Still in Need

Because of our contribution to the destruction of our planet, many countries in the world are in danger. There is still something we could do. Help Haiti NOW.
click here and find out how.
It is never too late to help.