Vol 6 No 2 - Corals In Crisis

Issued: 1997 (36 pages)

The International Year of the Reef was marked by this special issue on the efforts to save coral reefs from destruction, a problem that has not gone away. As Don Hinrichsen makes clear in his Overview coral reefs scattered over 500 square kilometres around the planet’s coasts are everywhere under pressure as a source of food for growing human populations and the accompanying development activities. ‘They are pillaged and destroyed by fishermen using dynamite and poison. They are damaged by fine mesh nets and boat anchors. They are excavated for use in cement production and road fill. They are killed off by pollutants ... smothered by eroded sediment and choked by untreated sewage and municipal waste...’ But, as the magazine recounts there are many successful efforts – often involving local communities – to combat the dangers and a growing awareness of the need to take action at all levels to conserve this precious, beautiful but hidden resource.


  • Page 3 - Editorial: Hidden holocaust
  • Page 4 - Newsfile: News from around the globe
  • Page 6 - Coral reefs in crisis
  • Page 12 - What price a reef fish dinner?
  • Page 14 - Protecting a marine wonderland
  • Page 17 - Australian treasure
  • Page 20 - Putting an end to coral mining
  • Page 22 - Reclaiming the island reefs
  • Page 24 - Silencing the dynamite fishers
  • Page 26 - Building a sense of stewardship
  • Page 28 - Taming the seahorse trade
  • Page 30 - Coral Reefs and the World Bank
  • Page 32 - The ethic of stewardship
  • Page 33 - Associates' News
  • Page 34 - Book & film reviews


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