Fact: Regardless of where you live, it is quite likely that an invisible bond ties you to 6 million km2 of seas in the Asia-Pacific region that are just bursting with marine life—this is the Coral Triangle, the nursery of the seas.
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To many, the oceans seem mysterious and vast. We have certainly treated the blue part of our planet as a limitless pool from which we can draw resources and deposit vast quantities of rubbish, sediment and toxic waste. But there is now clear evidence that not only are our oceans stressed out but also that the destruction of coral reefs, depletion of fish stocks and declining water quality will affect us all.
An international conservation group warned that the current El Niño episode may have adverse effects on the recovering corals reefs in the country.
Gregg Yan, information, education and communications officer of the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines), noted that during the 1997-1998 El Niño event, Apo Reef in Occidental Mindoro suffered heavily from increased sea surface temperatures.
Scientists called for better management of Southeast Asia's marine protected areas, especially in the Philippines whose coral reefs rank as among the most threatened in the region. Philippine coral reefs, the second largest in the region, are facing severe threats from overfishing, destructive fishing, and sedimentation and pollution.
In all the blue waters that encircle our planet, there is a place, nestled in the heart of the Asia Pacific, that harbors more than 75 percent of all known coral species. An underwater forest of kaleidoscopic beauty, teeming with fish, marine mammals and vibrant coral reefs. The Coral Triangle.
The global rich are eating the poor's fish: new report shows tropical fish catch gravely under-estimatedPosted on: 8 February 2010 - 12:37pm
After a week of bad news regarding marine life — it was reported that half of U.S. coral reefs are in fair to poor condition and one-third of all coral species are threatened globally — there is still more: a study of twenty tropical islands showed that recreational and subsistence fishing has gone almost completely unreported from 1950 to 2004.
One third of reef-building corals around the world are threatened with extinction, according to the first-ever comprehensive global assessment to determine their conservation status. The study findings were published today by Science Express.
Leading coral experts joined forces with the Global Marine Species Assessment (GMSA) – a joint initiative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI) – to apply the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria to this important group of marine species.