By: Charlee Fox, federal judicial clerk for the United States Court of Appeals
This commentary is an excerpt of a longer paper written for an environmental law course.
Ten percent of the world’s coral reefs, including those found in Florida, have been destroyed beyond restoration. It was estimated in 2000 that thirty percent of the world’s reefs were in critical condition. Causes of corral reef depletion include: pollution, over-fishing and over-exploitation of resources, destructive fishing practices (e.g. dynamite fishing), dredging and shoreline modification (e.g. coastal development), vessel groundings and anchoring, disease outbreaks, and global climate change causing effects such as bleaching and mortality. The coral reefs are protected by both state and federal regulations. Thus, it is relevant to analyze whether state regulations or environmental federalism have a greater impact on the conservation and protection of the United States coral reefs. Continue reading “Environmental Federalism and the Protection and Preservation of Florida’s Coral Reefs”