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Ecocide, or ecocatastrophe, is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished. “Satellite Imagery Shows Ecocide in the South China Sea…… show man-made scarring of coral reefs on a scale heretofore unappreciated, much of which occurred between 2012 and late 2015. The scarring, resulting from widespread chopping of reefs by fishermen using propellers mounted on small boats in order to poach giant clam shells, is visible on recent images of at least 28 reefs in the Spratly and Paracel island groups, in territories disputed by Vietnam, the Philippines, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei. Evidence from news reports, aerial photos, videos and commercial websites directly link much, and probably most, of the “prop chop” reef destruction to fishermen from China, particularly from the port of Tanmen on Hainan Island.” (by Victor Robert Lee of DIPLOMAT on Jan. 15,2016).
Romulo, R. R. (2019, March 29). Chinese ecocide. The Philippine Star, p. B5.
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Satellite sensing; Man-induced effects; Coral reefs; Fishers; Law of the sea; International law; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Environmental protection; Coral reef conservation; Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA); University of Miami; del Rosario, Alberto; Morales, Conchita Carpio; McManus, John
- The Philippine Star