Space Daily reports on Devastation of Coral Reefs in China


An 80% reduction in China’s coral reefs over the last 30 years, this is according to findings reported in journal Conservation Biology.  Staff writers for say this loss is due to China’s recent economic “boom”.

Scientists from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology said their survey of mainland China and South China Sea reefs showed alarming degradation.

The causes according to the study, stem from, “Widespread habitat loss due to coastal development, unsustainable levels of fishing and pollution.”

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