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Okinawa coral transplants saving mainland island

Date Posted: 2008-05-02

Japaní s Fisheries Agenacy has quietly been working with Okinawa to develop coral for transplant to a mainland island threatened with being submerged because of marine life failures.

The Fisheries Infrastructure Development Center has been working for nearly a year to take coral from the sea in the Okinotorishima Island area, transplant it to Aka Island in Okinawa, and foster development of the coral to lay eggs. Okinotorishima Island sits 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo. Eroding coastline was threatening to submerge the island, which serves as a marker of Japanís exclusive economic zone.

Officials say coral eggs were hatched more than ten months ago, and more than 65,000 coral were nurtured in containers to a size of 1.5 centimeters. Those coral are now being transplanted in the ocean waters around Okinotorishima Island.

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