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New Thai Reef

Postby JRS on Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:35 am

By MICHAEL CASEY, AP Environmental Writer
Wed Feb 22, 10:11 PM ET

Full Article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060223/ap_ ... coral_reef

Highlights:

BANGKOK, Thailand - A coral reef spanning several hundred acres and teeming with fish has been discovered off the coast of Thailand and should be given protected status, the World Wide Fund for Nature said Wednesday.

Tipped off by local fishermen, WWF divers in January found what they say is a healthy, 667-acre reef in southern Thailand with over 30 genera of hard corals, and at least 112 species of fish.

Among the fish species identified, the WWF said, was a type of parrot fish first discovered in Sri Lanka and never before seen in Thailand, and a species of the sweet lips fish previously only found in the Similan Islands.

The reef is off the coast of Khao Lak, a popular tourist destination on the Andaman Sea coast of Thailand.

A United Nations report in December found that close to a third of the world's corals have vanished, and 60 percent are expected to be lost by 2030. More than a third of all mangroves have disappeared, with the rate of loss greater than that of tropical rain forests, the report found.
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Postby BigHappyBuddha on Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:55 am

bitter sweet article, thanks for posting that!
"What you think upon grows."

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Postby Rueg on Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:33 pm

Cool! But I fear now that humans have discovered it that it will be destroyed by careless tourists and fish collectors.
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Postby JRS on Thu Feb 23, 2006 8:29 pm

Rueg wrote:Cool! But I fear now that humans have discovered it that it will be destroyed by careless tourists and fish collectors.


That would be too bad.
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