As tourists return to Hon Yen national scenic spot, their actions are also damaging the coral reefs.
The Hon Yen national scenic spot in An Hoa Hai, Tuy An, Phu Yen has some unique geological details forming an ecosystem of corals on the shallow surface of sand and volcanic rocks. — VNA/VNS Photo Pham Cuong
The Hon Yen national scenic spot in An Hoa Hai, Tuy An, Phu Yen has some unique geological details forming an ecosystem of corals on the shallow surface of sand and volcanic rocks.
However, outside the current threats of storms and waves, another danger has emerged to endanger this unique ecosystem. Many tourists who come here to take pictures of the coral reefs have stepped on them, making the coral crumble.
"Here we have 17 species of coral reefs living," said Ho Van Trung, a resident. "To get an ecosystem and a scene such as this takes millions of years. Due to the pandemic, tourists stopped coming here, and the coral regenerated quickly."
"But then tourists returned and damaged the coral reefs with their actions. In my opinion, local governments must take action to preserve this wonderful natural treasure."
Le Doan Trang Truc, a tourist from Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, said: "This is my first time here in Hon Yen, and it's stunning. It took a long time for coral to form and create this wonderful scene, but many tourists are unaware of this. Even old people stepped on and sat on the corals."
"If this keeps happening for a couple of years, Hon Yen will not exist anymore."
Huynh Van Khoa, chairman of the Tuy An District People's Committee, said: "We must protect this natural landscape. We will direct related authorities to implement protective action and stop the damaging of coral by tourists and residents."
According to the Viet Nam-Russian Tropical Research Centre, Hon Yen has 17 recorded species of coral.
Phu Yen Province, in collaboration with many international organisations, has initiated preservation projects here.
Local residents have also established a local task force to protect the coral.