Sino poachers kill coral reefs
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Chinese poachers are using the propellers of their boats to destroy coral reefs at the disputed islands Spratlys and Pag-asa, marine biologist John McManus said, but no comment has been made by the foreign affairs department. McManus said satellite images prove that since last year, the Chinese poachers have been killing the corals in the part of the West Philippine Sea where the Chinese built artificial islands. The biologist said coral bleaching and reef scarring was caused by systematic crushing through repeated scratching or scraping by Chinese poachers to harvest giant clams.
Fabunan, S. S. (2016, September 24). Sino poachers kill coral reefs. Manila Standard, p. A2.
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Coral reefs; Disputes; Territorial waters; Satellite sensing; Artificial islands; Coral bleaching; Clam fisheries; Data; Fishery management; Fishery protection; Coral reef restoration; Law of the sea; International law; National Center for Coral Reef Research; University of Miami; McManus, John; Duterte, Rodrigo; Aquino, Benigno III
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