Central coastal Da Nang City has adopted a project to protect coral reefs lying off the Son Tra peninsula from now until 2015.

During the project’s first phase, which will last until 2012, the city will place a boom around targeted areas, publicise information on the importance of the country’s marine resources and set up a project inspection team.

The project is also designed to maintain the natural development of regional marine species and enhance the cooperation between concerned agencies and the local community to manage and utilise the province’s marine resources to encourage the development of the local economy, including the tourism sector.

According to a survey by the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography, the coastal region stretching from Hon Chao to southern Hai Van and the Son Tra peninsula is home to 191 different kinds of coral and hundreds of species of planktons and molluscs.

However, 80 percent of the region’s coral reefs are being degraded due to their uncontrolled exploitation by local people over a long period of time./.