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Some fishermen in South-east Asia use cyanide solution to stun fish, making them easy to catch. The poison flushes from a fish's system, and thus the fish remains edible. However, the toxin remains in the seawater, killing coral reefs.

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  • Jackie (Official Rep) April 07, 2010 10:18
    It is a big problem! Overfishing means that fishermen are resorting to this efficient but highly damaging method of retrieving food especially for the live reef fish trade.

    Read our brochure about the live reef fish trade in this area and how the coral triangle is being affected in general.
    To find out more about what we are doing to help promote the survival of the coral triangle have a look at

    You may also want to read about WWFs efforts in the Phillipines with respect to cyanide fishing.

    Another report about the damage to coral reefs can be found in
    which describes the effects of cyanide fishing along with other damaging ways of fishing such as "blast fishing".

    You may want to contact your local WWF office to see what they are doing with respect to coral reef sustainability? You may even be able to be a part of the solution.

    For anyone interested in WWF's work on coral reefs the following gives an ideas of the problems and solutions.
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