Coral Reefs of China at Risk of Disappearing

Published on January 2nd, 2013 | by

Coral in the South China Sea

Coral reefs off the coast of China and its associated islands are at risk of disappearing.  Over the past thirty years, the coral coverage near China has decreased by at least eighty percent, according to a new study published in Conservation Biology.

China’s economic growth is the main culprit. Factories and coastal development have destroyed natural ecosystems that keep the coral healthy and have contributed pollution that continues to damage more coral.

China and neighboring countries have large fisheries that depend on the health of the seas around them. Factory fishing in the Yellow Sea is intensive. The health of coral reefs are a key indicator that fisheries are in trouble.

China boom savages coral reefs: study (via AFP)

China’s economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by at least 80 percent over the past 30 years, a joint Australian study found, with researchers describing “grim” levels of damage and loss. Scientists from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the South…

Coral in the South China Sea photo via Shutterstock

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