|A group of coral reef in waters off Cham Island. Some 2,000sq.m coral reefs were replanted in the area in 2015-17. — Photo courtesy Le Xuan Ai|
An expert from the MPA management board, Le Xuan Ai, said more than 2,700 groups of coral species had been planted at 10 sites off Bac and Tra beaches.
The coral groups have developed with a survival ratio ranging between 52 and 99 percent.
“It’s a positive signal that the sea environment around the island has been well improved and protected over past two decades by the MPA and
“We measured that coral groups grew from 2.4cm to 6cm each year after replanting in the
He said campaigns against the use of plastic bags by the Cham Island MPA and local authorities as well as and the 3-R (reduce, reuse and recycle) programmes run since 2011 had helped eased pollution.
The rapid restoration of coral reefs will shelter fish and aquatic species and protect the island from damage by natural disasters.
In a field survey in waters off the island in 2017, scientists and researchers from MPA found the appearance of six rare
Scientists from MPA said 29 clownfish species, of which seven had been identified, are found throughout the world, and seven rare species were found in waters of Vietnam.
Clownfish is the most hunted sea fish species for aquarium
The island, 20km off the coast of Hoi An, which was
The 3,000 inhabitants of the islands, which include eight islets with vast ecological diversity, hosted more than 400,000 tourists last year.
The reserve covers more than 33,000ha, including 1,500ha of tropical forests and 6,700ha of