Denmark Helps Vietnam with another Marine Reserve Project

The central province of Quang Tri with assistance from the Fisheries Ministry and the Danish Government has mapped out a project to turn Con Co Island into a natural marine reserve.
The project aims to protect and develop the diversification of local sea creatures, doubling the population of fish in the next 15 years.
The 2.5 sq.km island, located 28km off the coast, is one of 14 islands off the coast of Vietnam chosen to develop sea-life nature reserves due to its diverse ecological system.
The coral colonies at Con Co Island are one among the best in Vietnam. There are several kinds of algae on top of the colonies and many fish genera, including a silver-white fish, and crustaceans living amid the coral colonies.
Worthy of note are the two primary coral reefs on its southeastern and southwestern shores, which are home to 109 species of corals, including rare red and black corals.
The sea of Con Co Island also boasts a variety of rare fish that are prohibited from being caught.
On land, forests to be preserved are mainly primeval ones that represent 73 per cent of the total acreage, and are home to indigenous trees that are very popular with visitors.
Two years back the government of Quang Tri Province in Central Vietnam has decided to focus in developing tourism in the island district of Con Co. which has set its sights on luring 1,000 tourists in 2005 and 5,000 in 2010.
Quang Tri Province lies at the starting point of the trans-Asia highway, linking the country with Laos and then Thailand.

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