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25 Nov2012

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The politics of an island cleanup: Magawish, off the Hurghada shore

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HURGHADA — The speedboat was leaving the fancy new marina of Hurghada at a slow pace. As soon as it exited the port, the vessel’s powerful engine was pushed to four knots, splitting the froth and bouncing on top of small waves, on its way to Magawish Island, located a few kilometers off the coast of Hurghada.

18 Mar2012

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Red Sea oil slick makes landfall north of marine reserve

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In early 2011, the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association discovered an outbreak of crown-of-thorns starfish, a foreign invasive species that has devastated large sections of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. In the same month, the Egyptian Navy detained three Egyptian fishing trawlers illegally fishing in the Red Sea.

12 Mar2012

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Where Egypt’s Desert Meets the Sea, Green Shoots

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The Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Agency (HEPCA), a non-government organization dedicated to protecting the Red Sea, has wracked up some achievements with educational programs and the installation of quasi-permanent anchors attached to the seabed so boats don’t repeatedly drop anchor on delicate coral.

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