THE CORAL TRIANGLE - AMAZON OF THE OCEAN

Raja Ampat-Indonesia, South East Asia

 
If coral reefs are the rainforests of the seas, then the Coral Triangle is the underwater equivalent of the Amazon. This is a bioregion that’s half the size of the United States, passes through six countries (the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands and East Timor), and harbours more marine species than anywhere else on the planet. There are single reefs in the Coral Triangle that contain more species than the entire Caribbean. When it comes to abundance and sheer scale, nowhere else comes close to the Coral Triangle. The Coral Triangle can claim an impressive list of superlatives – it’s home to 76% of all known coral species, more than 3000 species of fish and 6 out of 7 of the world’s turtle species.That’s why the bioregion isquickly gaining a global profile as one of the planet’s most valuable natural assets, comparable to the Amazon. Just as the Amazon is the figurehead of the world’s rainforests – the so-called lungs of the earth – the Coral Triangle is developing iconic status as a marine treasure – the wellspring of the world’s oceans. With its numerous natural attributes, growing stature as a destination, exuberant mix of marine based cultures and globally significant status as a fishery, the Coral Triangle makes for fascinating subject matter. There are sharks that walk the ocean bed, marine nomads who spend their lives at sea, constant new species discoveries and incredible destinations waiting to be uncovered. And with the growing awareness of the crisis facing the world’s oceans – and more specifically coral reef ecosystems – the need to highlight the impacts of overfishing, pollution and climate change has never been keener.
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