Greenpeace dumps boulders off Sylt coast

Can’t resist to re-blog this article below, since Sylt is my favorite island.
In Germany at the very top this beautiful island is a special place to me.

I love Sylt dearly, for all seasons, as it is the one place on earth (I know so far) which is capable to heal my soul when it is needed.

I owe this island my love for dog roses. Thanks to my first Sylt visit in May 1988.
In May wherever you go, the whole island has this wonderful fragrance mixture of sea air and dog roses. It’s as unique as the fragrance mixture in autumn when Sylt smells of sea air and erica.

I don’t even know when I love this island the most, for it’s so beautiful in each season. I love the stormy days as well as the sunny ones and when snow lays on the island, it’s almost like a winter wonderland.

But what I love the most are those magnificent sunsets.  Especially in the wintertime, when the sky has totally different colors compared to the rest of the year. The colors are similar to those in the arctic. Besides in winter it’s such a pleasure to take a long walk along the seaside in the evening and to watch the sunset and then to go into a café afterwards and to have a small pot of hot chocolate.

What I don’t love is the ‘main city’ Westerland, because it is really more a mini-city than a village. Fortunately there are a lot of beautiful villages like Keitum for example, where the old  captain’s houses have really good doors as you can see here:

© Copyright by Gerhard Stühmeyer Source: http://goo.gl/3KyJX

But enough of this now and back to the topic…

Greenpeace dumps boulders off Sylt coast

© Copyright The Local

Published: 2 Aug 11 16:25 CET by The Local
Online: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20110802-36697.html

In an effort to protect the ocean floor off the coast of the North Sea island of Sylt, environmental group Greenpeace on Tuesday renewed its controversial campaign dropping large boulders to hinder trawling and gravel mining operations.

Greenpeace members are using their ship “Beluga II” to deposit the large chunks of stone just offshore from the popular German holiday destination.

According to the environmentalists, the boulders have been integrated into the offshore ecosystem, with numerous marine organisms growing on and among the stones.

“Our natural stones really protect the area from bottom trawls, sand and gravel mining,” said Greenpeace marine biologist Thilo Maack. He added that the federal government currently has no protection measures in place for this section of the reef.

The group began the operation in 2008, when it unloaded 320 large rocks off Sylt, but it was waylaid by a court injunction. However, last month a higher court rejected that ruling. A final decision is still pending.

Germany’s Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration (WSD-Nord), however, claims the boulders are an infraction of the legal prohibition of depositing foreign items into the open sea.

“We assume that this campaign is illegal,” WSD-Nord spokesman Helmut Külsen said.

The WSD-Nord has argued that Greenpeace’s campaign impairs the fishing industry because trawls could become stuck in the boulders and fishing boats could capsize.

But Greenpeace said Sylt’s outer reef lacks sufficient protection measures against trawling that can damage the ocean bottom and digging up sand and gravel.

DAPD/The Local/emh

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