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Hot dry summer blamed for coral bleaching in Saipan

Hot dry summer blamed for coral bleaching in Saipan

Updated 16 August 2013, 8:58 AEST

There been a new outbreak of coral bleaching in reefs near Saipan in the Northern Marianas.

The last outbreak was 12 years ago and since then some of the least affected corals have recovered.

The latest bleaching has been blamed on warmer water in the region and fishers, divers and snorklers have been warned to keep clear of the affected area and to report any new outbreaks to authorities.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Steven Johnson, Marine Monitoring Program, Division of Environmental Quality, Northern Marianas

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