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Seal of approval: Limassol's adorable mascot captivates hearts (video)

Meet Mr. Poseidon, Limassol's charming seal and ambassador of coastal harmony

Andreas Karamitas

In the waters surrounding Vasilikos in Limassol, a charming seal has found its own haven. Often spotted lounging on boats or gracefully swimming among the fish farms, this seal has become the beloved mascot of the area, captivating the hearts of both locals and visitors alike.

The seal's presence in the area is no coincidence. With the abundance of food provided by the fish farms, it has found an ideal habitat to thrive. The staff at these farms have warmly embraced the seal, taking care of it and ensuring its protection.The story of Mr. Poseidon, as the seal is affectionately known, highlights a crucial aspect: the intricate relationship between the coastal economy and the marine ecosystem. Fish farming plays a vital role in the Cypriot economy, providing sustenance and employment opportunities. However, the sustainability of fish farming is intrinsically linked to the health of the marine environment.

Neptune serves as a poignant reminder that economic progress and environmental preservation are not mutually exclusive. Through sustainable practices that prioritize the well-being of the marine ecosystem, fish farming can coexist harmoniously with wildlife.

Beyond seals, other marine creatures such as dolphins and turtles also frequent the fish farms in the Vasilikos area, finding nourishment in these waters.

Fish farming stands as a cornerstone of the Cypriot economy, boasting an annual production exceeding 10,000 tonnes of fish and employing approximately 1,500 individuals directly and indirectly. This sector significantly contributes to food security by supplying fresh fish to the market.

However, the health of the marine ecosystem is paramount for the sustained growth of fish farming. Threats such as pollution, overfishing, and climate change pose challenges to both marine ecosystems and the viability of fish farming operations.

Efforts to safeguard the marine environment are crucial for preserving biodiversity and ensuring the long-term viability of fish farming.

Mr. Neptune, alongside dolphins, turtles, and other marine inhabitants, serves as a powerful symbol of coexistence. Their presence underscores the possibility of achieving a delicate balance between economic development and environmental conservation, benefiting society and the natural world alike.

[This article was translated from its Greek original and edited for clarity and fluency]

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