Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Coral Triangle - Nursery of the Seas (Engl)

WWF Coral Triangle Map (Link)

Covering nearly 2.3 million square miles of ocean across all, or parts of, the seas of six countries in the Indo-Pacific—Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste—the Coral Triangle is a myriad of life forms and lifestyles.
This vast area of the Indo-Pacific region harbors 75 percent of all known coral species, more than half of the world’s reefs, 40 percent of the world's coral reef fish species, and six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle.

The Coral Triangle is also part of a wider region that contains 51 of the world's 70 mangrove species and 23 of the 50 seagrass species.

The Coral Triangle - Nursery of the Seas (Engl)

In a vast, turquoise-blue corner of this Earth, the forces of nature have crafted a truly amazing underwater tapestry of corals. This is the Coral Triangle - 'nursery of the seas'.

Coral Triangle - Live Reef Fish Trade (Engl)

That fish on your plate and in your aquarium may have one thing in common: growing up on the reefs of the Coral Triangle. One of the most lucrative of the regions reef-based fisheries, live reef fish trade is also a destructive activity.

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