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.
The Coral Triangle is a geographical term so named as it refers to a roughly triangular area of the tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste that contain at least 500 species of reef-building corals in each ecoregion. This region encompasses portions of two biogeographic regions: the Indonesian-Philippines Region, and the Far Southwestern Pacific Region. The Coral Triangle is recognized as the global centre of marine biodiversity and a global priority for conservation. It also called the "Amazon of the seas" and covers 5.7 million square kilometers of ocean waters. Its biological resources sustain the lives of over 120 million people.
It is in these waters that a large share of the world’s tuna supply is caught and shipped, in cans or in iceboxes—and from there finds its way to your sandwich, salad or sushi.
This is also where your fish at the restaurant may have come from, as the Coral Triangle is home to thousands of the world’s reef fish species.
But the Coral Triangle is much more than that.
In addition to its fish wildlife, this is also the region with the single highest concentration of coral reef species in the world.
It is where 6 of the world’s 7 species of marine turtles nest, forage and migrate—and a place where whales, dolphins, dugongs, and the world’s largest fish, the whaleshark, continue to thrive and delight tourists from all over the world. More than 120 million people depend heavily on the region’s marine resources for food and income.
It is a place the world simply cannot do without.
And this is why we need your help to save it by protecting it like it was your own.
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