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Egypt’s Red Sea Coral Reefs are in Serious Danger

The Hurghada Environmental Protection & Conservation Association is attempting to educate and raise awareness on the issue.

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Mother Earth is seriously crying out for help. The HEPCA (Hurghada Environmental Protection & Conservation Association) warned on Sunday that our coral reefs in Hurghada are in serious danger as a result of fishing with explosives and throwing waste in the sea, as per a statement by the NGO, according to Egypt Independent.

The NGO added that coral reefs are some of the richest natural habitats worldwide, as they provide shelter for many marine organisms, as well as playing an important part in tourism, with Egypt being a popular destination for scuba-divers.The HEPC is now taking strict measures to protect our coral reefs, such as the establishment of the largest project for moorings, cleaning reefs of solid waste, and prosecuting violators. It is also making a major push to raise awareness on the issue with a Facebook video campaign, warning against practices that harm the coral reefs, and also educating on how to preserve it.

Egypt’s Red Sea coral reefs are globally renowned; the area is known as one of the best diving destinations in the world because of its prominent coral reefs and diverse aquamarine species, with Egyptian reefs containing 200 of the Red Sea’s 300 coral species. Whether for the sake of the environment, or the sake of tourism, or better yet both, this message by the HEPCA shouldn’t fall on deaf ears.

Main image from madote.com


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