Antigua: Disappearing coral reefs signal need for more MPAs, activist says

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, May 23 (IPS) - Eli Fuller is a third-generation Antiguan who, for the past two decades, has been exploring the Antigua and Barbuda coastline. But he laments the fact that he can no longer see the coral that he recalls were somewhat of an underwater jungle when he was a young boy, akin to what you'd see in the Amazon rain forest."Nobody ever thought - I didn't think - the corals would be dead in my lifetime," Fuller, a marine environmentalist, told IPS.

"When I was a child, no sailboat would ever sail through certain areas, but nowadays yachts are sailing through all of these channels because the reef is...dead, gone. They're broken up."

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