Today, the DA-BFAR joins the celebration of Coral Triangle Day, recognizing the world's epicentre of marine biodiversity: The Coral Triangle.
Observed right after the World Ocean Day, the celebration seeks to bring together individuals, organizations, and establishments on one special day of the year to shed light on ocean conservation and the numerous ways to protect and conserve the Coral Triangle. This year focuses on the need to address marine plastic pollution, one of the most urgent environmental threats in the Coral Triangle.
The Coral Triangle is recognized as one of the three mega ecological complexes on planet, encompassing the seas of six countries in the Asia-Pacific region, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste. It contains 76% of all known coral species, 37% of the world's coral reef fish species, and supports the sustenance and livelihood of more than 120 million people.
The DA-BFAR asserts its commitment in continuing to be part of the collective effort to preserve the riches of the Coral Triangle and the livelihood of the stakeholders, especially of the fisherfolk.
Photo credit: The Coral Triangle Map © WWF