A marine aquarium is to be built by an Israeli investor in Berlin Lichtenberg the Rummelsburger Bucht: Coral World.
According to media reports, the exhibition of marine animals, corals, and tropical fish – including probable sharks – is planned. Together with other organizations, we at PETA Germany call on the responsible politicians to remove the project from the development plan.
Environmental destruction, overfishing and animal suffering:
In addition to office and administrative buildings and luxury apartments, a giant aquarium called Coral World is also to be built in Rummelsburger Bucht in Berlin.
Instead of native fish, tropical fish and probably also sharks are said to swim in an aquarium in the bay.
7 reasons against building the marine aquarium in Rummelsburg Bay:
1) The construction of Coral World is driving coral reef destruction. Around 99 percent of the marine ornamental fish in large European aquariums are caught in the wild.
Numerous sea creatures die while being caught and transported: around four out of five coral fish caught in the reef die before they reach the aquarium. Dead animals are then promptly replaced by further wild-caught animals – every new large aquarium built thus contributes massively to the looting of the oceans.
2) In addition, species-appropriate keeping in the aquarium is not possible: Many marine animals cover great distances in the ocean and dive into the depths of the sea. Many ocean dwellers live in symbioses with one another, avoid each other or live in shoals.
All of these natural behaviors cannot be performed in captivity; In the aquarium, these animals therefore often develop behavior disorders, depression, and aggression.
3) In addition, the construction of a new marine aquarium is extremely harmful to the climate: the operation of such an aquarium alone wastes as much energy as hundreds of private households. In times when climate and environmental protection are increasingly in the public eye, building a tropical aquarium is provocatively damaging to the environment.
4) Visitors and especially children learn nothing about the natural behavior of these animals or about marine and nature conservation through the display of animals in captivity. Visitors are falsely conveyed that it is natural to wrest living beings from their homes and imprison them for human entertainment.
5) In the area in which the aquarium is to be built, there are strictly protected animal species that are endangered if the planned construction project is carried out. In addition, the area is important for the urban climate. The planned, legally permissible compensatory measures are questionable from the point of view of nature conservation.
6) Aquariums are being phased out: This is not only shown by falling visitor numbers, for example in the Haus des Meeres in Vienna or in Sea Life in Munich but also the vote against the large Basel project Ozeanium.
7) The implementation of the project would be a waste of taxpayers’ money. In Lichtenberg, there are more important climate protection projects or social projects in which investing tax money would be much more sensible.
Together with the organization ElasmOcean e.V. and the Fondation Franz Weber, we turned to the district mayor of Berlin Lichtenberg, his deputy, and the head of the Berlin district administration in December 2020 and demanded that they distance themselves from the planned construction of the Coral World marine aquarium.
As early as 2017, we asked the politicians in charge to designate the Rummelsburger Bucht as a water protection area.
And I mean…Water zoos are an outdated concept and isolation torture on the captive animals. Here, too, is a kind of mass animal husbandry
Animals that naturally have thousands of kilometers to choose from (even if they are perhaps more territorial) is criminal to keep this way.
In addition, 80 percent of marine animals die on the way to the aquarium, the stocks of wild-caught fish are damaged and this leads to the destruction of coral reefs.
The behavior of animals in captivity does not help anyone to develop a real ecological awareness, and at most, it gives the children the wrong idea that it is okay to cage an animal or to keep an exotic animal in the water basin.
Exotic fish, and actually all animals, can now be observed better in excellent documentation.
No creature has to be locked up for this!
My best regards to all, Venus