29 Aug '16, 10pm

South China Sea disputes threaten coral reefs, fisheries

China's island-building in the South China Sea and the disputes with its neighbors are directly and indirectly causing irreparable environmental damage as vibrant coral reefs vanish and unregulated fishing threatens one of the world's biggest fisheries. A new report in National Geographic examines how the dispute has pushed hundreds of thousands of fishermen into overfishing because the territorial disputes between China and six other countries have made it unclear who is in charge of any given fishery. For fishermen to follow the regulations for any given nation — whether it's China, Indonesia or the Philippines — would essentially acknowledge the claims of that power to the fishery and, thus, the territory. “It’s unclear whose laws you’re enforcing when you have seven overlapping sets of fisheries laws,” Gregory Poling, a Center for Strategic and International Studies an...

Full article: https://www.navytimes.com/articles/south-china-sea-disput...

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