Waste discharge in The Maldives

Alarming footage of sewage waste being directly released onto shallow coral reefs in The Maldives.


Discharge of raw, untreated sewage into the marine environment causes nutrient enrichment, algal blooms, deoxygenation and human health problems. Such conditions adversely affect coral growth and promote crown of thorns outbreaks.

Because sewage discharge proximal to sensitive coral reefs is widespread across the tropics, it is imperative for coral reef-focused institutions to increase investment in threat-abatement strategies for mitigating sewage pollution.