tirsdag 6. oktober 2020

Experts Raise Alarm Over Destruction of Coral Reefs in South China Sea

Experts are raising the alarm over the destruction of coral reefs in the South China Sea that are critical for the marine environment and for preventing a collapse in fish stocks which sustain the livelihoods of tens of millions of people.

Marine scientists who have studied the region for years report growing difficulty in accessing the coral reefs to conduct vital research. They are calling for governments in the region to establish a regulatory authority that would halt degradation of offshore reefs and crack down on overfishing. “We’re always on the verge of fishery collapse on the shorelines, and we think the reason they haven’t collapsed is because fish are still coming in from the offshore reefs,” said John McManus, a professor of marine biology at the University of Miami in Florida. “So we have to protect those.”