How China is destroying the world's coral reefs

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Environmental researchers are appalled by the large-scale destruction of the world's coral reefs by Chinese poaching fleets.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. The beauty and vitality of living coral, juxtaposed with the horror of destroyed coral
2. Chinese warships escorting poachers. Globe view of region, zoom in to show details
3. Poaching fleet arrives at reef. Small boats detach and get to work
4. Focus on one boat. View changes to underwater. Boat stops over pristine coral
5. Boat throws out 4 anchors, drops propeller shaft into coral below
6. Fishermen rev engine to spin propeller fast, which rips apart the coral in cloud of mud

VOICEOVER (in English):
A lot has been said about the damage being done by Chinese poaching boats to the important and very fragile coral reefs of the South China Sea. But seeing how the destruction is caused, is truly shocking.

According to news reports by the BBC, Bloomberg, and the AMTI, THIS is how Chinese poachers who target giant clams are destroying fish-feeding coral reefs close to the Philippines.

This is happening in waters far from China — waters that the UN says belongs to the Philippines.

Under protection of the Chinese Navy, Chinese poaching boats would sail right up to the coast of the Philippines and start to do their destructive work.

They can be this brazen because China simply claims most of the South China Sea for itself, and it meets all competition with intimidation and aggression.

To get to the giant clams, the poachers would anchor small boats over the fragile reefs, stick their long screw shafts right into the soft coral, and then rev their engines hard, completely shredding the coral into pieces.

This is being done on a large scale, and the effect on the coral reef has been devastating. Where miles of vibrant, fish-feeding coral used to be, there is now only miles of dead, grey nothingness.

SOURCES: BBC, CNN, SCMP, AMTI, ScienceDaily, Ecomagazine.com
https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35106631
https://amti.csis.org/chinas-most-destructive-boats-return-to-the-south-china-sea/
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200227144315.htm
https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/asia/article/2179756/nations-fight-control-south-china-sea-coral-reefs-are
https://www.ecomagazine.com/news/coasts/environmental-damage-to-coral-reefs-in-south-china-sea
https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2019/5/21/China-boats-back-in-Scarborough.html