No.1. July 1998
No dynamite and No fishing within One Mile Please.
This month saw a letter come in from a reader in the U.K. who I had better keep
anonymous. He said;
"I have just returned from diving the Cape Greco
area, my 15th time in the last 5 years.
What has happened to the fish? Where have they all gone? We must do
something because there is very little to see these days.
Konnos point. I saw 300 juvenile fish dead on the bottom covered in fire
worms. Yes, they are still using Dynamite!
Come on, take a leaf from Sharm el Shek and declare the whole area a
National Park. No fishing within one mile of the shore.
I have complained to the CTO but no response yet, don't suppose they will.
They will sit on their arses till Scuba is dead and then ask why.
The dive shops must get together via PADI or BASC and do something before
the industry is dead."
We quickly wrote some letters and sent copies to the departments we thought would do
something. The Presidents press office, the Ministry for fish and various diving outfits.
We got replies ranging from;
|"Dear Friends, Thank you for your message. We are transmitting it to the Fisheries
dept for consideration" and ". I find it hard
to believe that dynamite is still being used as the Fisheries made several
prosecutions as I understand , some time ago and that problem , so I am
informed, just does not exist any more. Perhaps his mask had misted up and he just didn't
see the fish............."
|"Yes they definitely do use dynamite. I have also had the same
yen.........to get fishing banned from within one mile of shore. But this is Cyprus, all
the fishermen will probably dynamite the Diving shops........or go on hunger strike."
|Nothing else was heard from any official department
and yesterday we
heard the news that
Five divers in
Cape Greco got blown out of the water by some idiot dynamiting? The police
have three suspects but can't prove anything. Meanwhile one girl has her
ear drums gone and all of them ended up in Larnaca recompression chamber.
We are not Crying wolf
If you have any clout please use it and help save our sea
We have started an online petition that we would be grateful if you
"If we do not do something now to defend mother nature and this
planet, she will do the job herself"
Please sign our petition below...let's try and do something
! Here is a piece of photographic evidence from Cape Greco
Please click on it to enlarge.