Scientists warn about danger to VN coral reefs

Last update 10:15 | 16/02/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Coral reefs, which provide a habitat for aquatic creatures, are increasingly in danger because of human exploitation activities.

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Binh Dinh province has 134km of coastline with coastal waters surrounded by small islands and a diverse ecosystem comprising coral reefs, seagrass beds and aquatic animals.

The province is rich in aquatic resources with more than 500 fish species, 38 of which have high economic value. Pelagic fish accounts for 65 percent of total reserves, about 38,000 tons, while ground fish accounts for 35 percent of total reserves, or 22,000 tons.

The province has the fleet of 7,339 fishing boats with total capacity of 980,838 CV. The sea resources and biodiversity in the locality bring a comfortable life to local people.

However, Tran Van Phuc, deputy director of Binh Dinh Agriculture Department, said the environment and local biodiversity have been seriously degrading.

Coral ecosystems, seagrass beds and fisheries resources have gradually disappeared due to fishing activities with explosives, poisons or trawling.

“Fishermen exploit all fish – from gravid to mature ones,” he said. “More seriously, fishing boats and tourist boats anchor there, leaving no room for aquatic creatures to gather and multiply.”

Also according to Phuc,  local authorities are aware of the danger to the ecosystem as a sea ecosystem protection project has been operating for a year.

Coral reefs, which provide a habitat for aquatic creatures, are increasingly in danger because of human exploitation activities.

The provincial agriculture department and MCD (Marinelife Conservation and Community Development) help fishermen manage the coastal waters, with the aim of conservation and development of resources of coastal areas.

“We dive in the sea twice a month to catch starfish, the species that harms coral,” said Nguyen Ton Xuan Sang, deputy director of the Nhon Hai Tourism & Service Cooperative.

However, the major problem lies in the fact that the seven hectares of water surface with beautiful coral reef beneath and around big Hon Kho Island, which was protected well for many years, has been allocated to Tan Phat Company for tourism development. The area has been seriously damaged, while no solution has been found.

A local man said the two hectares of coral reefs on the small Hon Kho Island are also in danger. More than 108 hectares of coral reefs in the entire coastal BInh Dinh area is in the same situation.

According to Nguyen Van Tien, deputy chair of Nhon Hai Commune, after the water surface was allocated to Tan Phat, the coral reefs around big Hon Kho were destroyed.

Tien fears that if Tan Phat continues to fail to manage its project, coral reefs would be wiped out in the near future.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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