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December 7, 2017

Save the beach

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December 7, 2017

Cape Monze, also called Ras Muari, is a beach located along the shore of the Arabian Sea in Karachi. It is a habitat of endangered animals like whale, dolphin and turtle. The beach provides natural environment and food to these animals. The coastal area has schooling squid, krill, crab larvae, ghost shrimp and small bait fish such as capelin. There are many sandy beaches, where turtle come and lay their eggs. However, these eggs are usually eaten by birds or dogs because there is no protection plan or scheme to keep turtle eggs in a save place. The Sindh government should take measures to protect these rare species under the marine protected area (MPA) policy.
MPAs are protected areas of seas and oceans where human activity for a conservation purpose is restricted, typically to protect natural or cultural resources. These areas are particularly important because they also provide opportunities for people to study marine plants and animals. The rest of the world is adopting policies regarding the protection of the marine life, but our government has no plan to take similar measures. The Sindh government should declare Cape Monze (Ras Mauri) as a marine protected area (MPA).
Sarfraz Haroon
Karachi

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