My intention is not to get many replys but many viewers. I believe that it is important for people to be aware of the things that are endangering the marine environment. If you know something about the matter please put it here so other's can read and get a glimpse of what is going on around us. The place where we dive today may turn tommorow into a "desert" where there is nothing for us to see. I wouldn't like to be forced to use some mini subs to get to see some real fish or to go to a farm for the same reason. Poor fisherman in northen Indonesia use toxic stuff to catch rare fishes alive. They dump the substance into the water and the fish floats to the surface. They pick up couple of them, move them to a noncontaminated zone to rehabilitate them and leave the rest to die. The most targeted zones are the coral reefs. The fish they keep the sell for expensive restaurants or private collectors. Up to now I don't know about any improvement in the situation (I was diving in the area a year ago). On the other hand, there were other situations that had a happy end. I was diving in Mauritius and they faced similar problems (mass distruction fishing) some time ago. The police succeeded to stop it for goods and the reefs look nice now. Waiting for reactions. VV P.S. I would be gald if you have opinions about how to structure the thread and make it more attractive for others to read.