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Marine Debris Damaging Coral Reefs
The increasing amount of marine debris like plastic, glass, rubber and others break or damage reef, a senior scientist said here.

“Marine debris like plastic, glass, metal, rubber abandoned fishing nets and other gear often get entangle and kill reef organisms and break or damage them,” said Dr Mahua Saha, senior Scientist from National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) addressing representatives of SAARC nations during a workshop held at Port Blair, Andaman.

She said the reefs in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are particularly prone to accumulation of marine debris because of their central location in the North Pacific Gyre.

“From 2000 to 2006, NOAA and partners removed over 500 tons of marine debris there,” Saha added.


 
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