The Most fears of shorebirds experts Australia were realised recently when It became clear that reclamation of the extensive mudflats at Saemangeum In the Yellow Sea had caused alarming decline In populations of migratory waders which use the areas as stopover on their annual pilgrimage to Australia.
Without these mudflats,the waders had nowhere to stop over and feed on Invertebrates to refuel for their arduous journey.
The sudden drop In shorebirds numbers In the yellow Sea has been mirrored by declines In the populations, In the Eastern Curlew and the Great Knot.
The declines In these birds numbers have been so dramatic that both have had their official conservation status on the IUSN'S red list of threatened species, thats a upgrade to vulnerable.
A Problem for those species. Working groups are study the yellow sea and In Australia and this will go on till 2020.