Corsica and its aquatic environment – reflections, and a certain preparation for the future

Spirographe Phot'eau CorseAs you may imagine, this island has always possessed a high percentage of fishermen, it’s part of the natural heritage and traditions, families have handed down through the generations – but also a high percentage of deep-sea divers, exploring, discovering, venturing and transmitting.
Corsica, so much part of the Mediterranean treasury, with its three million tourists every year, and 700,000 visitors to the nature reserve of Scandola alone – will need to keep an alert eye on its maritime affairs too, for the increasing numbers of boats is not to be neglected within the surroundings of this small island. An interesting point here which came to my attention recently and which I would like to underline, is the fact that the renowned Routard Guide recently announced Corsica as being the first destination of French departments that is sought after. This is good news, but this also means being vigilant as regards the appropriate functioning of the choice of leisure, in order to always respect the natural environment. The fact that there are many protected species contributes to the maintaining of their existence, to the continual studying of these species and to the protection of nature from probably her worst enemy, man himself.
A concern is the increasing diminution of certain fish, and this of course is a major concern globally too, (also relates back to my article on The Abyss Festival, where it was blatantly portrayed ). For a certain time, it was thought preferable to catch mature and adult fish, whereas now the opposite appears more correct, and we see from experience and time, the results of such decisions. It is often the way though isn’t it, we need judgement and logic to attain a certain knowledge. We need to remember that the aquatic environment forms fragile ecosystems here, also characterised by one of Europe’s highest rate of endemic species – here again, the substantial quantity of species also portrays the ‘good health’ of this environment.
There are several favourite locations for fishing around Ajaccio in particular: the Sanguinaires Islands, Capo di Muro, Isolella, Castagna

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Very recently, I read the amazing story of a tope shark being captured in fishermen’s nets up in Bastia – he was ringed and had obviously come from Ireland, (which pleased me, of course), thus having travelled 3900km over a period of 12 years, weighing 14 kilos and measuring 140cm …
What’s in preparation for the future? there’s a project as regards the Sanguinaires Islands becoming a ‘protected marine area’ in the not too far off future, and  to see an expansion of this type elsewhere over the island and the multiplication of nature reserves, in order to maintain the preservation of species would be indeed welcomed. Regulating and preserving, key words for the future. ‘protection of marine areas’, within which one could manoeuvre, adjust, manage these important issues, becoming more active and always keeping in mind the global image, the necessary precautions and maintaining the cap (if I may say so) towards a harmonious environment, beneficial for all, and bound to the generations to come.

It all comes back to special attention to the growing imperatives, decisions to be taken and necessary funds to be distributed. An over dose of pollution, or overcrowding, can easily unbalance that which nature herself has accorded to this singular territory.
The agency for ‘marine protected areas’ apparently has proposed voluntary divers, who in turn, can operate with the other parties involved; scientists, officials from the agency, and divers from elsewhere too – resulting in a network of observers, all working hand in hand towards a better overall insight and preservation.
And ultimately, if this island is to keep its natural charm, structure, environmental benefits and assets, those who in charge, those who take the fundamental decisions and those who desire for it to remain as it is, must conserve discernment and authentic objectives. Thanking Alban for his contribution here with certain details, and Phot’eau Corse for the tremendous images. phot'eau corse etoile



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