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CDNN :: Race to save coral reefs from scuba divers

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by DOMINIC WAGHORN

Diver damaging coral reef
Unsustainable tourism: In many parts of the world, divers have become a primary threat to coral reefs.

RED SEA (25 Oct 2007) — A giant artificial coral reef is being built in the Red Sea in a move to protect natural reefs from destruction - without banning scuba divers.

An estimated 50% to 70% of the Red Sea's reefs have already been destroyed in Israel, Jordan and Egypt.

Divers are the main culprits as they flock to the biodiverse region in large numbers and accidentally knock the coral or create a disturbance with their flippers and diving boats.

Dr Nadav Shashar, a marine biologist at the National Centre for Mariculture, is supervising the pioneering project.

He admitted: "I have well over 1,000 hours underwater and by mistake every once in a while I also break the coral."

Israeli and Jordanian scientists are working together to reverse the destruction of the reefs...

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