Diver urges public not to buy parrot fish from the market; outlines their importance to ecosystem
A diver recently took to Facebook to ask not to buy parrot fish from the market, even though they look pretty, unique and tasty.
According to diver Reg Carlotta, he spotted the parrot fish being sold at the Alabang Public Market and was instantly worried about its implication on the oceans. He said that fishermen should be educated on why they should not fish for and sell these exotic fish because of the role it plays on the marine ecosystem.
To prove his point, Carlotta shared research he found on the functions parrot fish play in cleaning the reef. The parrot fish eat algae and dead corral and also poop as much as 700 pounds of white sand per year. If these species is depleted, algae levels will rise in the oceans. He also said that the species is also becoming more scarce so they must not be caught or sold for public consumption.
Spread the word. If you refuse to buy it, fishermen might stop catching it. (ANGEL ONG)