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James M. Cervino cnidaria at
Thu May 14 07:33:12 EDT 1998

Dear Coral Listers,

I received this information yesterday form the AP Wire Service, and was
wondering if any one has further information reguarding this terrible

CORAL DESTRUCTION:  AP reported last week acid and explosives used by
Chinese and Hong Kong fishermen are destroying coral beds in a Taiwan-
controlled area of the South China Sea.  Up to 90 percent of the coral
has died in some beds of the Pratas island group.  Biologists estimate
that 50 tons of acid, used to stun fish so that they can be captured
live and served freshly killed in restaurants, are sprayed into the
water each year.

James M. Cervino
Marine Biologist
Global Coral Reef Alliance
124-19 9th ave. College Point
New York, N.Y. 11356
Phone/Fax-(718) 539-8155

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