Foto: Marcos Valério Guimarães

Endangered Paradise

With the indiscriminate growth of the demand for raw material, the problems of environmental preservation started to climb in the same proportion.

The out-of-control growth of the seacoast cities gave room to the spread of municipal construction, originating landfills in river banks and swamps edges all along the sea coast.

This situation was responsible for the disappearance of several types of mollusks and crustaceans. An example is the mud winkle (Búzio da lama) today extinct in the state.

For Jonacy Xavier Garcindo (1), a biologist of the Fishing School of Piúma (Escola de Pesca de Piúma), the use of shells for craft does not bring unbalance, because the shell is dead material that the sea brings to the beaches; if it is not picked, will be reabsorbed by the ecosystem.

The alert that is made necessary is to warn the craftspeople not to pick the living shells, and for the indiscriminate collecting of the starfish, because they feed from the mollusks, and the empty shell comes to the beaches.

Therefore, the large quantity of shells found in the beaches is due to the large quantity of starfish in the region.

(1) jgarcindo@bol.com.br