Coral Reefs

Alarm over shrinking coral reefs in South China Sea

Divers above a coral bed in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters

China's economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by at least 80 per cent over the past 30 years, a joint Australian study found yesterday, with researchers describing "grim" levels of damage and loss.

Friday, 28 December, 2012, 5:43am

Reef encounter

Life at Lizard Island Resort, Australia.

Lizard Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef offers holistic escape among nature’s wonders. Michael Sweet finds creatures and comforts to his liking.

9 Oct 2012 - 9:54am

Great Barrier Reef loses half its coral to storms, warming and starfish

Coral cover along Australia's Great Barrier Reef has shrunk by half since 1985 as storms, warmer seas and starfish colonies kill off organisms, scientists said.

3 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

Resorts help ecosystem

The Gayana Eco Resort and the Bunga Raya Island Resort and Spa at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, have taken a major first step towards reintroducing giant clams to their natural habitat in Malohom Bay, located in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, a cluster of islands within a 20-minute speedboat ride of Kota Kinabalu.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Art and nature united

Corals are probably best known for forming the beautiful Great Barrier Reef in Australia. But in Asia, the marine organisms are admired for a very different reason.

27 Jan 2010 - 12:00am


Living organism

25 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Hoi Ha corals recovering as number of predators declines

Drop in sea urchins and snails a boon to marine park

Corals in Hoi Ha Marine Park that had been damaged by a surge in the number of sea urchins that fed on them had recovered significantly, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said.

2 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Science & Technology 2008

Compiled by Wong Yat-hei

Mars Lander

19 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Little treasure

The tiny sand spit on the Tubbataha Reefs feels like the middle of nowhere, with just a low, white domed dormitory that serves as an outpost for the nine rangers guarding the stunning reefs.

12 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Lee-Ann Ford

FOUNDATION I was living in Taiwan in 2002, running a bushiban [a cram college]. The municipal government was going to line these tetrapods, or storm blockers, all along the beach. It brought up a whole bunch of issues, especially for a nearby fishing village, and I followed it closely.

27 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Get personal at Ocean Park

Ocean Park will present Animal Month - In High Definition, from March 21 to April 20, giving the public the chance to get up close and personal with some of the park's animal residents.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Coral reefs healthy but under pressure

Global warming may affect HK sea gardens

Hong Kong's 33 coral reefs are generally healthy and stable, but there are indications they are under pressure from global warming.

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Jewellery designer turns precious coral into a moneyspinner

They are marine treasures you're not supposed to touch on diving trips, but designer Francois Loffredo has made a career turning coral into valuable jewellery.

The Italian opened his first boutique in the city last Friday in Prince's Building, followed by a dinner with VIP clients at the Mandarin Oriental.

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Healthy state of coral attests to water quality

Water quality in the northeast of Hong Kong is good enough to host 84 hard-coral species - about 10 per cent of the world's total - a marine conservation expert said yesterday.

However, the sea's rising temperature is turning the coral white.

16 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Multiple choice

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15 Jan 2007 - 12:00am