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The growing appetite for live reef fish throughout Southeast Asia is devastating fish populations in the protected Coral Triangle, which supports 75 percent of the worldâ€™s coral species and contains the richest ocean diversity anywhere on the globe.
Marine species show dismal survival rates when the predatory lionfish swim into their ecosystem, an Oregon State University study indicates. The study found when lionfish entered an area, survival rates other reef fishes fell by about 80 percent, ScienceDaily.com reported.
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By Robertson, D Ross Smith-Vaniz, William F Coral reefs, one of the most biologically diverse and important ecosystems on Earth, are experiencing unprecedented and increasing ecological decline, yet the fish faunas of such reefs and other tropical shoreline habitats remain poorly known in many areas.
Outbreaks of the notorious crown of thorns starfish now threaten the â€œcoral triangle,â€ the richest center of coral reef biodiversity on Earth, according to recent surveys by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.
Appetite for live reef fish - a status symbol for many newly rich Chinese - has caused the populations of these predators to plummet around Asia as fishermen increasingly resort to cyanide and dynamite to bring in the valuable catch.
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