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Marine Biologists: Artificial Islands Devastating South China Sea Ecosystems

For years, overfishing in the territorially contested South China Sea has depleted local fish stocks. But since 2012, the controversial construction of artificial islands has ecologically devastated the disputed water way. Recently released satellite images show man-made scarring on at least 28 reefs. “The impact of the dredging and land reclamation projects are compounding the pre-existing impacts of fishing,” said Dr. Terry Hughes, a James Cook University professor of Marine biology,...

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