Two islands sink below sea due to coral mining

by | May 17, 2011 | Advanced Aquarist | 0 comments

Two islands sink below sea due to coral mining

photo by Mila Zinkova

As reported by the NY Daily News, the corals were sold to the construction industry for their high calcium carbonate content (commonly used as an industrial binding material).  Harvest for the construction industry would entail indiscriminate, large-scale coral harvest, unlike the selective harvest for the aquarium trade.  Still, this news should serve as a reminder for us to be more conscientious with our coral purchases.  Buy captive grown whenever possible; With the number of proven, beautiful specimens available these days, there really is very little – if any – reason to purchase wild, reef-building coral colonies.

via NY Daily News

  • Leonard Ho

    I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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