Surfers destroying the coral reefs of Bali?
Obviously surfing isn't comparable to dynamite fishing in terms of its destruction of coral reefs but if you go to let's say Uluwatu, Balangan or Impossibles, among others, you will no doubt stomp your way out across the reef and break countless heads of coral (albeit small ones) as you go. With the hundreds of surfers doing this every day in Bali, and having done so for the past few decades, it made me wonder just how much coral we have destroyed underfoot, making the phrase 'leave nothing but footprints', which so many surfers pride themselves on, seem rather ironic.
Coral reefs are extremely fragile so it seems that stepping on them constantly cannot be doing them any good, despite most of us claiming to be so eco-friendly.
Any experts out there on coral reefs?
The good news is that the entrance point at Ulus is very narrow so there is not a large section of reef that gets destroyed. Since coral is a complicated organism the damage can certainly spread, but I doubt it is a major factor within the area.
To the OP, yes, it's unfortunate and I wish there was a solution, but there really isn't at this point. The good news is that it's not a widespread problem at that location. The bad news is that it can be a widespread problem when you factor in all the other coral reefs around the world. I love the topic because it raises awareness and as surfers, we need to be as careful as possible because our sport takes us to some very fragile ecosystems. Thanks for posting.
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