Conservationists in China clash over coral restoration
Shenzhen divers spark row over the role of human intervention in reef protection
Conservationists are enthusiastically trying to rehabilitate China’s coral reefs but there is disagreement over how best to do so. Some prefer large-scale nursery planting, others believe that human intervention should be limited.
This debate was highlighted recently following a high-profile campaignby conservationists affiliated with the Shenzhen Institute of Guangdong Ocean University who installed 30,000 coral pots in Dapeng Bay in July. They covered a combined seabed area north of Hong Kong of over 11,000 square metres. The restoration project was sponsored by a liquefied natural gas terminal operated by CNOOC, a major national oil company.