Nha Trang decides to halt scuba diving tours

08:00:13 - June 23, 2022

Recently, the authorities of Khanh Hoa province have decided to suspend scuba diving tours in areas in Nha Trang Bay.

This move comes in the context that the coral reef ecosystem at Hon Mun Marine Protected Area, Nha Trang Bay is in serious decline.

An inspection by the Nha Trang Bay Management Board earlier this year showed that Hon Mun reef has shrunk significantly compared to 2015. The percentage of coral cover in the northeast of the island has decreased from 54% down to 32%. Meanwhile, the percentage dropped from more than 50% to 11% in the southeast and 8% in the southwest of the island.

According to initial assessment, the decline of coral reefs in Nha Trang Bay is believed to be due to the impact of climate change, caused by two heavy storms in 2019 and 2021. Besides, the cause of the ecosystem ecological decline in the bay is due to illegal fishing, dredging, construction of industrial zones and discharge of waste.

Authorities said that although Nha Trang beaches are being exploited for tourism development, the protection of marine ecosystems must be a top priority. Therefore, in addition to the decision to suspend diving tours in Nha Trang Bay area, Authorities in the central province of Khanh Hoa also requested relevant agencies to have a strict protection policy for Hon Mun; at the same time cooperate together with experts and research institutes to fully assess the status of coral reefs in this area.

Nha Trang Bay is one of 16 marine protected areas of Vietnam, with an area of ​​​​nearly 250 square kilometers. In recent years, Nha Trang Bay has become famous for its diving tours to explore coral reefs and marine ecosystems.

Nha Trang decides to halt scuba diving tours


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