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TOWNSVILLE, Australia (September 4, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Up to 10 percent of the Pacific Ocean's coral reefs have died as a result of construction, pollution and generally bad environmental management, Richard Kenchington, Coordinator of the International Coral Reef Initiative, has reported.

Only 15 percent of the world's coral reefs are considered healthy, he said, and unless controls are put in place the number will continue to decline.

An meeting of world coral reef experts will take place in Townsville, Australia later this year to draw up an international coral reef preservation plan.

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