10/20/2010 - The fate of more than 300 threatened species in Australia’s Coral Sea will be determined this week as global environmental leaders meet in Japan for the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10).
Australian conservationists hope that the conference will bring marine park conservation status to the Coral Sea area, adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, which would prevent over-fishing and some aquatic activities.
Nicola Temple, Coral Sea spokesperson for the Australian Marine Conservation Society, said in a press release that the area was home to 219 Red Listed coral species. “With 40 per cent of the world’s coral reefs lost or degraded, a high level of protection for areas like the Coral Sea is critical.”
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