THE EDITOR, Sir:
Regarding the Gleaner article of November 1, 2013, 'No iguanas on Goat Islands', Professor Gordon Shirley was quoted as saying that there wouldn't be any environmental impact on the area by the sale of Goat Islands to the Chinese because of the degradation of the coral reef by destructive fishing practices and illegal hunting that had left "very little biological life".
The problem is that all of Jamaica could be described as such. There is in fact very little biological life left on any coral reef in Jamaica because of the reluctance of successive governments to put any kind of restrictions on fishing, even now at a time that fish populations have been reduced to almost extinct levels.
Even the fearsome lionfish that has wreaked havoc in the Caribbean is starting to disappear because of lack of prey, not due to local consumption, as some government officials have suggested.
It is ironic that the same government that has allowed the degradation of our greatest national asset is now using this tragedy as a justification to sell the same.