Another fake island for Persian Gulf.
A local marine environmentalist said such large-scale reclamation projects could cause massive disturbances to the undersea environment and harm marine life that thrives there, including mackerel, grouper, shrimp, pearl oysters, dolphins, and sea horses. About a third of the country's coral reefs have already been destroyed over the past two decades by reclamation and waterfront development.
Ironically, the islands are to be built in the shape of one of the animals they may be annihilating--the sea horse.
Dredging for reclamation is expected to start this year after the Bahraini government--which studied the plans for construction and the environmental impact--recently gave the go-ahead to build.
--Associated Press, 5/11
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|Publication:||Earth Island Journal|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2005|
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