According to a recent travel update, Vietnam has banned swimming and scuba diving in order to save the Nha Trang bay region’s damaged coral reefs. Vietnam is a beautiful country with many interesting tourist attractions. The ancient temples and pristine islands make the destination extremely popular.
The Asian country has nearly 3200 kilometers of coastline with crystal clear ocean waters. The sea life is absolutely incredible here, which is also a big draw for tourists. International visitors frequently visit Vietnam to enjoy beach swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling.
Global warming appears to have severely harmed coral reefs throughout Southeast Asia. Scientists have warned that this could have serious environmental consequences. Some recent photographs of Hon Mun island also revealed the true nature of the corals, as the reef was bleached and severely damaged.
The Nha Trang bay management authority has decided to prohibit swimming and scuba diving in the areas surrounding Hon Mun island, according to officials.
According to the officials’ statement, the ban was imposed to “evaluate the condition of the sensitive area so that an appropriate plan to enact the sea conservation area” could be developed. The new rule will be in effect “until further notice.”
According to local media, living coral covered nearly 60% of the area in 2020, but that figure has now dropped to less than 50%. Climate change, illegal fishing, the construction of industrial parks, and waste disposal are being blamed by authorities for the current situation.