With the aim of mitigating the expansion of the Unomia Stolonifera coral that has considerably invaded the Mochima National Park, the control plan for this species that affects the marine biodiversity of this tourist attraction was launched.
The Minister of Ecosocialism, Josué Lorca, informed through a video broadcast on his social networks that he has been working together with the Coastal Zones Committee, the National Center for Fisheries and Aquaculture Research (Cenipa), the Ministry of Fisheries, the government of the Sucre and Anzoátegui state, in the protocols for extracting the animal that has colonized 50% of the park.
"This species seriously affects our banks of native colares and in turn generates a problem at the economic level and the fishing production of the entity that supplies 70% of the marine protein consumed in the country," Lorca said.
The Arapo Island was worked as a pilot area, in which a manual extraction sanitation method was carried out for four days. This procedure will be carried out along the entire coast to evaluate its evolution.
The minister stressed that Mochima has corals that are more than 300 years old that must be protected for the future of Venezuela. He described the project as national and international, and which will also allow them to guarantee the production and protection of fish for the entire country.
Sworn Brigade "Protectors of the Sea"
The Minister of Ecosocialism, Josué Lorca; the governor of the state of Sucre, Gilberto Pinto; representatives of the United Nations Organization (UN) and other authorities, carried out the swearing-in act of the "Protectors of the Sea" brigade, in order to promote preventive actions and care for marine biodiversity in the eastern entity.
The regional president wrote on his social network Twitter that “With the purpose of celebrating World Oceans Day this week, declared by the #UN, yesterday from the Mochima National Park, we swore in the Brigade Protectors of the Sea.
The brigade is made up in a first phase of 70 men and women. In which fishermen, park rangers, tourism authorities and volunteers are found.
“Loving Sucre is loving Mochima and understanding that we are obliged to protect it, through the policies framed in the Plan Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho. Taking care of our sea is securing the future of Venezuelan families, since our state guarantees more than 70% of the fish consumed in the country," the governor stressed during the ceremony.
In this sense, he assured that his government team is married to the brigade of protectors of the sea, which is why he will be given all the support during the development of his scientific study. They will also participate in the promotion and surveillance of the sea, as well as the strengthening of awareness campaigns.
It's a soft coral from Indonesia that was apparently introduced by aquarists for commercial purposes in this tourist attraction. Its massive presence is "killing" all species of coral reefs, Thalassia meadows, sandy beaches, rocky beaches, mangrove roots, it has even been seen on mollusks.
It should be noted that many fish need these ecosystems to feed, protect themselves, disinfect themselves and reproduce.