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. Tiếp tục đọc

ASEAN Could Take Lead on Plastic Crisis in Asia

Asia Foundation

April 19, 2017

By John J. Brandon

April 22 marks Earth Day around the globe. I was in 8th grade when Earth Day was first commemorated in 1970, and to mark the day, I participated in annual trash clean-up events at my school. At that time, my world was pretty much the town where I grew up in New Jersey and I didn’t think very much about the rest of the world, I just wanted my neighborhood to be clean. But eight years later, my world expanded when I went to live and work in Bangkok. I vividly remember being struck by the amount of plastic bags, bottles, and wrapping on the streets and in the city’s once-many canals. Now, after four decades of traveling in Southeast Asia, I have witnessed the plague of the plastic bag across pretty much every major city in the region.

Manila Bay garbage

A polluted Manila Bay. It is estimated that some plastic products take more than 400 years to decompose, especially in deep waters. Photo/Flickr user Adam Cohn

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‘Zero recovery’ for Great Barrier Reef corals in back-to-back bleaching

Researchers said last month they were detecting another round of mass bleaching this year after a severe event in 2016, and their fears were confirmed after aerial surveys of the entire 2,300km long bio-diverse reef.

Last year, the northern areas of the World Heritage-listed reef were hardest hit, with the middle-third now experiencing the worst effects. Tiếp tục đọc

Bình Thuận temporarily bans mollusc and bivalve exploitation

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Update: March, 29/2017 – 17:30

Bình Thuận has issued a temporary ban on the exploitation of molluscs and bivalves across its sea waters. — Photo thuysanvietnam.com.vn

BÌNH THUẬN — The southern central province of Bình Thuận has issued a temporary ban on the exploitation of molluscs and bivalves across its sea waters as part of an effort to protect and regenerate dwindling marine resources.

The ban will take effect from April 1 to July 31, restricting fishermen and organisations from gathering molluscs and bivalves, the local seafood specialties that include scallops and clams. Tiếp tục đọc

Phó thủ tướng: Mở đợt cao điểm tấn công ‘cát tặc’

VNExpress Thứ ba, 7/3/2017 | 21:00 GMT+7

Tình trạng khai thác cát sỏi trái phép diễn ra nhức nhối ở nhiều địa phương trên cả nước, tuy nhiên đến nay mới duy nhất thành phố Hà Nội truy tố hình sự được một vụ vi phạm.

Ngày 7/3, phát biểu tại cuộc họp về tình hình khai thác cát sỏi trái phép, Phó thủ tướng Trương Hòa Bình yêu cầu các lực lượng chức năng mở đợt cao điểm tấn công trấn áp tội phạm trong lĩnh vực này từ ngày 15/3 đến 1/6… Các bộ ngành liên quan cần tạm dừng cấp phép xuất khẩu cát nhiễm mặn tận thu từ các dự án xã hội hoá.

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Nguy cơ mất các bãi biển đẹp nhất Việt Nam

VE – Thứ bảy, 27/12/2014 | 09:45 GMT+7

Cửa Đại, một trong những bờ biển đẹp nhất Việt Nam có nguy cơ biến mất bởi hiện tượng xói lở diễn ra ngày càng nghiêm trọng, trong khi các giải pháp đưa ra chưa hiệu quả. Các bãi biển khác cũng trong tình cảnh tương tự.

hiều ngôi nhà chòi tại các khu nghỉ dưỡng bị sóng biển đánh sát vào tận móng.
Nước biển ngày càng lấn sâu vào đất liền ở Hội An khiến nhiều ngôi nhà chòi tại các khu nghỉ dưỡng bị đổ sụp. Ảnh: Tiến Hùng.

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Cát là lãnh thổ

Ảnh: Bảo Lâm

03/03/2017 07:55 GMT+7

TTO – Cát là tài nguyên vô giá, bởi nó là nền móng bảo vệ vững chắc lãnh thổ. Đừng để những thế hệ sau phải qua châu Phi nhập khẩu cát về dùng với giá đắt gấp nhiều lần thế hệ cha ông đem bán như hiện nay.

Sau hai tháng làm việc cật lực, loạt bài điều tra xuyên quốc gia “Đường đi của cát Việt ra nước ngoài” đã lên mặt báo phục vụ bạn đọc. Quá trình đi tìm đáp án của câu hỏi: “Tàu chở cát đi đâu?”, phóng viên Tuổi Trẻ đã phát hiện và phơi bày ra ánh sáng hàng loạt “bí mật” của lĩnh vực nạo vét, khai thác và xuất khẩu cát đã được giấu kín ít nhất từ năm 2013 đến nay. Tiếp tục đọc

Đường đi cát Việt ra nước ngoài – 5 kỳ

  • Kỳ 1: Đường đi cát Việt ra nước ngoài: Tàu chở cát đi đâu?
  • Kỳ 2: Đường đi cát Việt ra nước ngoài: Cát Việt bán giá bao nhiêu?
  • Kỳ 3: Cát Việt bán giá bèo, hải quan nghi vấn nhưng cho qua
  • Kỳ 4: Tìm sự thật các hợp đồng nhập khẩu cát ở Singapore
  • Cát Việt ra nước ngoài: “Bán” dự án, “xà xẻo” tài nguyên
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Kỳ 1: Đường đi cát Việt ra nước ngoài: Tàu chở cát đi đâu?
01/03/2017 09:58 GMT+7

TTOSuốt hai tháng đầu năm 2017, chúng tôi đã theo dõi 40 chiếc tàu đến vùng biển tỉnh Kiên Giang, Khánh Hòa và Hà Tĩnh chở cát. Bốn doanh nghiệp xuất khẩu cát chỉ biết tàu đi Singapore nhưng không biết chính xác địa chỉ nào.

Đường đi cát Việt ra nước ngoài: Tàu chở cát đi đâu?
Hai tàu JS Bandol và Sheng Wang Hai bắt đầu rời vùng biển Phú Quốc đi Singapore giữa tháng 1-2017 – Ảnh: V.TR.

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Sand mining: the global environmental crisis you’ve probably never heard of

From Cambodia to California, industrial-scale sand mining is causing wildlife to die, local trade to wither and bridges to collapse. And booming urbanisation means the demand for this increasingly valuable resource is unlikely to let up

A boat is stranded on the Poyang Lake in east China.
A boat is stranded on the Poyang Lake in east China, site of one of the world’s biggest sand mines. Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Images

Times are good for Fey Wei Dong. A genial, middle-aged businessman based near Shanghai, China, Fey says he is raking in the equivalent of £180,000 a year from trading in the humblest of commodities: sand.

Fey often works in a fishing village on Poyang Lake, China’s biggest freshwater lake and a haven for millions of migratory birds and several endangered species. The village is little more than a tiny collection of ramshackle houses and battered wooden docks. It is dwarfed by a flotilla anchored just offshore, of colossal dredges and barges, hulking metal flatboats with cranes jutting from their decks. Fey comes here regularly to buy boatloads of raw sand dredged from Poyang’s bottom. He ships it 300 miles down the Yangtze River and resells it to builders in booming Shanghai who need it to make concrete.

The demand is voracious. The global urbanisation boom is devouring colossal amounts of sand – the key ingredient of concrete and asphalt. Shanghai, China’s financial centre, has exploded in the last 20 years. The city has added 7 million new residents since 2000, raising its population to more than 23 million. In the last decade, Shanghai has built more high-rises than there are in all of New York City, as well as countless miles of roads and other infrastructure. “My sand helped build Shanghai Pudong airport,” Fey brags. Tiếp tục đọc

Vietnam to punish officials over mass fish deaths

HANOI: Vietnam said on Wednesday (Feb 22) it will punish 11 senior officials for misconduct over a toxic waste dump last year that killed tonnes of fish in one of the country’s worst environmental disasters.

Taiwanese steel firm Formosa was blamed for the crisis that decimated livelihoods in coastal fishing communities in central Vietnam and was forced to pay $500 million in fines.

Fishermen and activists in authoritarian Vietnam have staged rare protests since the disaster and filed lawsuits demanding a fair share of compensation. Tiếp tục đọc

Hundreds of whales wash up dead on New Zealand beach

WELLINGTON: More than 400 whales were stranded on a New Zealand beach on Friday (Feb 10), with hundreds already dead as volunteers tried to refloat the survivors, the Department of Conservation said.

Andrew Lamason, spokesman for the department, said it was one of the largest mass beachings recorded in New Zealand, where strandings are relatively common.

Lamason said 416 pilot whales beached themselves overnight at Farewell Spit in the Golden Bay region at the northern tip of South Island.

He said about 70 per cent had perished and attempts were underway to get the remaining whales offshore at high tide but the outlook was gloomy.

“With that number dead, you have to assume that the rest are in reasonably poor nick as well,” he told Radio New Zealand. “So we’re sort of preparing ourselves for a pretty traumatic period ahead.”

Taiwanese woman jailed for shark fins’ haul in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE: A Costa Rican court has sentenced a Taiwanese business owner to prison over a fishing haul of illegally hacked-off shark fins destined for sale abroad, officials and environmentalists said on Thursday (Feb 9).

The businesswoman, identified by her last name of Tseng, was ordered to spend six months behind bars. The verdict was handed down on Monday by the court in the western port city of Puntarenas.

It was the first criminal sentence in the country against the practice of shark finning, which involves slicing off a shark’s fins before dropping the live fish back in the sea. Unable to swim effectively, the wounded creature faces a grim future: suffocating, starving or being eaten.

Shark fins fetch a high price in Asia, where they are often used in soups served on special occasions.

Tseng’s was “a historic sentence,” said Gladys Martinez, lawyer for the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA).

Her case began in October 2011, when her fishing boat, the Wan Jia Men 88, was found with 151 sharks aboard. Their fins had been chopped off.

She was initially acquitted in 2014, but the matter went to appeal, and the Puntarenas court this week found her responsible for damage to Costa Rica’s natural resources.

The Central American country, known for its biodiversity, has ratified several treaties for the protection and sustainable use of marine resources.

Vì sao cát Phú Quốc vẫn chảy sang Singapore?

03/12/2016 09:31 GMT+7

TTO – Mấy tuần nay ở thị trấn An Thới, huyện Phú Quốc (Kiên Giang), những chiếc tàu đồ sộ từ nước ngoài đến nhận cát rồi chở đi Singapore, trong khi các dự án tại Phú Quốc phải mua cát từ nơi khác về san lấp mặt bằng. Vì sao vậy?

Khai thác cát ồ ạt ngoài biển ở Phú Quốc (Kiên Giang) để xuất khẩu – 

Ảnh: NGUYỄN TRIỀU

Đêm 30-11 và sáng 1-12, phóng viên Tuổi Trẻ đã thuê tàu ra tận nơi, xem tận mắt hoạt động bơm hút cát để xuất khẩu đang diễn ra ngoài khơi thị trấn An Thới.
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Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Japan Times

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Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Reuters

Warm seas around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months, the worst die-off ever recorded on the World Heritage site, scientists who surveyed the reef said on Tuesday. Tiếp tục đọc

Invasive lionfish now on Whole Foods menu – sans poisonous spines

CNN

Lionfish with their distinctive venomous spines are an invasive species that has thrived in U.S. coastal waters because they have no natural predators — until now.

Whole Foods stores in Florida are selling the “white, buttery meat” of the fish, which the grocery chain says is suitable for ceviche or a “simple pan sauté.”

lionfish
Whole Foods is now selling the meat of the lionfish, an invasive species that is pictured here at Artisinal Foods in Las Vegas.

The U.S. government, eager to stop the lionfish from preying on native fish and shellfish, gives the meal five stars. Tiếp tục đọc