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The Rapid Decline of China’s Coral Reefs
By Angela Messina, January 3, 2013 @ 07:14 PM (EST)
Source: Science Alert

A new study, published in the journal Conservation Biology and conducted by Chinese and Australian researchers, has brought attention to China’s quickly disappearing coral reefs that run along the coast of the mainland and in the South China Sea.

Researchers found that reefs have declined by 80% along mainland China over the past 30 years, while reefs in the South China Sea have declined anywhere from 20% to 60%. This rapid disappearance is largely due to development, pollution, overfishing, and harmful fishing practices rather than by climate change.

“The window of opportunity to recover the reefs of the South China Sea is closing rapidly, given the state of degradation revealed in this study,” said one of the lead researchers, Professor Terry Hughes of the Australian Research Council Centre.

Although the report was grim, researchers also believe that China’s centralized government has the capability to act quickly and effectively in saving China’s reefs.

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