Why are corals in Thailand getting destroyed?

Source: The post is based on the articleWhy are corals in Thailand getting destroyed?published in The Hindu on 23rd January 2023.

What is the News?

Scientists found that corals of eastern Thailand are getting affected by Yellow band Disease which is killing corals over vast stretches of the sea floor.

What is Yellow band Disease?

Yellow-band disease is named for the colour it turns corals before destroying them.

It was first spotted decades ago and has caused widespread damage to reefs in the Caribbean.

There is no cure for the disease. The disease’s impact cannot be reversed, unlike the effects of coral bleaching. This means that when the coral is infected with this disease, it just dies.

Scientists believe overfishing, pollution and rising water temperatures because of climate change may be making the reefs more vulnerable to yellow-band disease.

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