All around the world, every living species is part of a specific environment and also a specific food table. Mixing different species and moving them from one environment to another, may cause an unbalance in the nature that can lead to the extinction or the destruction of the set environment.
Why is it needed?
A good example of this problem can be found in Hawaii. Back in 1956, the Cephalopholis Argus (commonly known as Roi) was introduced in the Hawaiian Islands and since then their population was booming. They are a predator species that thrives on small surgeonfishes and crustaceans.
Roi is the most threatening species for the Hawaiian reefs but they are the not the only ones. Besides them, Ta’ape (bluestripe snapper) and To’au (blacktail snapper) are the most known threats to the reef.
The Hawaiian Reef ecosystem is already in danger and these sea creatures are making it worse. It is up to the local community to take action and protect their environment.
Action towards conservation
Knowing the dangers to their home, some locally based organisations decided to take action against the threats and organised a dive tournament called “Defend and DestROI“. The scope of the tournament is to remove as many specimens of Roi, Ta’ape and To’au as possible form the Hawaiian waters in order to protect the native fishes and reefs.
And the community didn’t stop there! All the proceeds that were gained from the organisation of the event were donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Honolulu. How awesome!!! Taking care of everybody!
Paralenz and “Defend and DestROI”
Needless to say that when Paralenz discovered the competition, we did what we could to be part of it. We contacted our ambassadors in Hawaii and before we knew it, we had a team ready to represent Paralenz in the competition.
The Paralenz team that participated in the competition consists of Benjamin Zyons (left side) and Gonzalo Berrios (middle).
Out of the total of 80 participants, the Paralenz team succeeded to secure the 8th spot in the competition with the final fish count being 43. As the scope of the competition was not to see who is the best at spearfishing but to help cull the invasive species in the Hawaiian waters, we could say we did well.
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