An official from the ManagementBoard of Cham Island, Le Vinh Thuan, confirmed that the small polypedstony corals reproduce young coral on a rock of the coastal area in BaiLang Port.
“It’s a sign of well-protected environment in thearea. The environment around the port, which was seen as a heavilypolluted area, has improved due to non-use plastic bags and the 3-R(reduce, reuse and recycle) programmes since 2011,” Thuan said.
“Wehave grown 4,800 colonies of coral on an area of 4,000sq.m since 2012.We also localised some areas of corals that are vulnerable to humanactivities,” he said.
He added that the managing board alsocollects crown-of-thorns starfish (acanthaster planci) – a shellfishthat eat and destroy coral reef annually.
According to Chu ManhTrinh, an expert from the sea preservation centre of Cham Island ,islanders have gradually recognised the importance of protection coralreefs in the sea area.
He said that local people have almoststopped dumping garbage and nylon bags, creating a clean and safeenvironment for coral reef growing again. This young coral reef is thebeginning of a reef ecosystem in the area, he added.
However, the managing board has yet received major investment in improving the environment for coral reef reviving.
“Coral reefs are also among the most vulnerable, as they are extremelysensitive to seawater temperature, and global warming may destroy them.Natural disaster is the most dangerous factor that demolishes coralreefs annually,” Thuan speculated.
“We spend an amount of theticket sales from tourism and funds from the provincial budget onprotecting coral reefs. However, it is yet enough,” he said.
Accordingto latest statistics, the seawater of Cham Island is home to1.26sq.km of coral reefs. Nearly 3,000 inhabitants of Cham Island –one of the major tourist destinations in Quang Nam province now haveaccess to fresh water.
Vice Chairman of the city Truong Van Baysaid environmentally friendly technology solutions such as wind powerand solar energy were the area’s top priority.
Cham Islandwas recognised as a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2009. It hostsaround 100,000 tourists annually, of them 10 percent are foreigners.-VNA