The Chinese State Oceanic Administration has reportedly announced that 26,250 square miles of Chinese coastal waters received the lowest possible water quality grade level in 2012, an increase of 9,266 square miles compared to the previous year. According to a news source, 81 percent of the country’s coastal waters scored at either the lowest level—unhealthy— or the next level—poor. See Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report March 27, 2013.