residents of Kuｍejiｍa， a town in Okinawa of southwestern Japan，
recently discovered an iｍｍense and thriving colony of corals １００
kiloｍeters off the coast of the prefecture’s ｍain island. In a recent
follow-up survey， the World Wildlife Fund (ＷＷＦ) found that this colony
is not only large， but it is also iｍpressive because of its vitality，
which is unusual since ｍany coral colonies around the world are known to
be threatened by bleaching due to global warｍing.
colonies， on the other hand， appear to enjoy certain conditions unique
to the Okinawa island region that include warｍ subtropical waters
carried by the Kuroshio Current， an absence of silt froｍ runoff and the
water’s high salinity， all of which are necessary for large coral
In a related study， Spanish and French scientists
observing coral colonies in the Ｍediterranean discovered that the
recovery of ailing coral health was directly proportional to the length
of tiｍe and restorative conditions of being left undisturbed froｍ
fishing and other huｍan activities.
According to another new
finding by UK researchers， the survival of coral reefs rests in part on
the reｍarkable ability of baby corals to perceive sounds eｍitted froｍ
Believed until now to drift aiｍlessly， the tiny
young organisｍs actually detect and navigate towards the sounds of
activity coｍing froｍ coral reef habitats.
study scientists have expressed concern that huｍan-ｍade noise froｍ
boats， shipping， and other activities could interfere with this vital
Ｍeanwhile， the Japanese scientists who discovered
the Kuｍejiｍa coral are also advocating the region’s protection to help
in replenishing depleted regions.
Our appreciation World
Wildlife Fund and British， Spanish and French researchers for your
findings of these ocean wonders. We pray that such precious coral
colonies will continue in their pristine state and that all ｍarine
ecosysteｍs ｍay likewise be allowed to flourish through huｍans’
In an October ２００９ videoconference in Indonesia，
Supreｍe Ｍaster Ching Hai urged for the conservation of Earth’s coral
reefs through our conscientious actions.
Supreｍe Ｍaster Ching Hai:
One report has put it this way， I quote exactly froｍ that report:
『Overfishing is causing ｍore daｍage to the coral reefs than earthquakes
or tsunaｍis.』 Can you iｍagine this ? http://www.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/18_36.html http://web-japan.org/nipponia/nipponia42/en/feature/index.html
If we are vegan， coral
reefs will be left in peace and beauty， and will protect us. The coral
reef is a protector of our lives， of the sea. Right now it is
endangered， the coral reef， due to overfishing If we truly wish to see
real harｍony born between huｍans and aniｍals and nature and Heaven， we
ｍust be the harｍony， we ｍust live in harｍony， and act also in harｍony，
which includes the act of eating harｍoniously each tiｍe we coｍe to the
table. Peace， coｍpassion， ｍercy begin on our plate.
We ｍust protect the environｍent and the aniｍals because we have to protect ourselves.