This triangular-shaped region covers all or part of the seas of the six countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Here, the diversity of coral, fish and other species is higher than anywhere else on earth. About 75% of the world’s coral species, 6 of the 7 marine turtle species and at least 2,228 reef fish species can be found in this ‘nursery of the seas’.
However, problems such as over fishing and destructive fishing methods including the use of cyanide and dynamite have destroyed large sections of coral reefs and depleted fish populations. Unintentional ‘bycatch’ is also seriously endangering species such as sea turtles.
For more than 20 years, WWF has been working with companies in the private sector, governmental agencies and civil society to conserve the Coral Triangle – an area that will provide food and livelihoods for generations to come.
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