seagrass lagoonPrivate enterprise has come up with a means to saving sea grass in the lagoon- farming it.

“I farm it. I water it, I take care of it. I know what it takes to grow sea grass,” said Jim Anderson with Aquatic Ecosystem Solutions.

Anderson’s sea grass is injected with kelp and natural hormones, then placed inside small cylindrical cages to keep the manatees from eating it.

Just as farmers on land who care after their property to ensure that it’s value is preserved over time this too can be done in the water.

farm manatee environmentalismThe breakthrough of farming sea grass back to health faces a big obstacle however- government.

On land farmers are incentivized to make their land productive while preserving it through ownership of the property and their resulting efforts.

But in water government prevents human greed from working for the environment.  There is no ownership incentive.

Unowned property suffers from the tragedy of the commons.

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Environmental stewardship is not encouraged and protected through the rule of law instead we rely on the ambivalence of “resource managers” who have no personal stake in success and are insulated from being held responsible for their failures.

End Soggy Socialism. Instead free water ranchers and sea grass farmers to save the lagoon and treat pollution as trespass.

 

Businessmen say lost sea grass can be restored in Indian River Lagoon : TCPalm.com : Our Indian River Lagoon.

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