Scuba diving group launches campaign to save coral reef

Scuba diving group launches campaign to save coral reef

On March 5, at the Tokashiku coastal area in Tokashiki Island, scuba divers and volunteers planted coral seedlings.

March 24, 2013 Hideaki Yoneda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 4 and 5, the Tokashiki Scuba Diving Association started a campaign to preserve a coral reef. They have transplanted coral after cleaning up an area of coast and removing acanthaster starfish, the main natural enemy of reef-building coral.

A total of 70 people took part, including 47 members of 16 dive shops on the island and 23 volunteers from the NPO Churaumi Council. They planted 207 seedlings in the coastal area of Tokashiku.

Haruhiro Kuniyoshi, a member of the association, said, “We want to do this every year in an attempt to attract tourists during the winter season and to let people know about the current state of the sea around Tokashiki.” He added, “Working with the Zamami Municipal Office, we want this to develop into a major event in Japan.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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