On January 14 in what could be described as a horrible oxymoron, environmentalist and major contributor to coral reef protection Paul Allen’s (co-founder of Microsoft) yacht destroyed 14,000 square feet of coral reef in the Caribbean. While sailing, the cofounders 162 million dollar yacht’s anchor was lowered and dragged behind the yacht. When the crew was alerted that the boats chain might be causing damage they were cooperative with authorities, but it was too late. It had already destroyed 80% of the areas coral. Even though Paul was not on board, it has been estimated that he will be fined 18 million dollars for the incident. Smart tourism and recreation is important for preserving our planets highly traveled habitats. As areas become more popular, they are at risk of being damaged by humans traveling through. An increase in trash and litter due to tourism has become a huge issue in Costa Rica. Hopefully others will learn from this incident. They will realize that they need to be smart tourists and learn about the area they are traveling and future destruction will be avoided.
Amanda Marshall: Week 4 Current Event