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A Way to Stop Fish Bombing

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It's a problem throughout the tropical world. Local fishermen bomb the reef with explosives to kill all the fish for easy harvesting. Sadly, it's a short-term strategy, because the reef is destroyed and with it, the environment that allows more fish to breed. Nevertheless, these people are poor and need to feed their families today. They don't have the first-world luxury of thinking about the future.

The governments of countries such as Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia have made such practices illegal, but find it difficult to enforce the law. They need to catch the perpetrators in the act....


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