Thousands come together to celebrate first Coral Triangle Day



Posted on 15 June 2012  | 
June 9 marked the first Coral Triangle Day, celebrated in approximately 40 locations in 7 countries in Asia-Pacific, participated by an estimated 10,000 people from different parts of the region.

Coral Triangle Day activities ranged from beach and underwater clean-ups (most of which kick-started on Coral Triangle Day and will continue for the rest of the year), whole-day bazaars, responsibly-caught seafood cooking exhibitions involving local chefs and celebrity chef Bobby Chinn, educational talks and exhibitions, children’s activities such as face painting and art competitions, beach walks and parades, and live musical performances among many others.

This regional event was organized by WWF and several partners and sponsors to create awareness on the Coral Triangle as a globally-significant ecoregion, bring to light the importance of oceans in people’s lives, and highlight the conservation work being done by partners in the region.

The Coral Triangle Day is envisioned to be an annual, open-sourced event, to empower individuals to take specific action to help protect and conserve this global centre of marine biodiversity.

Activities in Bali and Manado, Indonesia, were streamed live online at the event’s main website, supported by local TV company Pantai TV. Here’s a link to their coverage in Kedonganan Village, Jimbaran Bay: http://youtu.be/fkBEDO8-D9g.

A video compilation of events in Indonesia can also be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/44520466, prepared by another TV partner, Alam TV.

Championing Responsibly-Caught Seafood

Celebrity Chef Bobby Chinn lent his regional star power by gracing the Coral Triangle Day events in Bali, Indonesia and promoting WWF’s Seafood Guides and the concept of sustainable seafood among local chefs and restaurants.

He visited a number of local restaurants along the strip of Kedonganan Village in Jimbaran Bay and demonstrated his cooking skills in well-known establishments such as Gado Gado Restaurant and Métis Restaurant by cooking delectable dishes made of responsibly-caught seafood.

Bobby Chinn has helped generate good media exposure not only for the Coral Triangle Day event but also for the concept of responsibly-caught seafood. WWF is now exploring ideas with Bobby Chinn to feature an episode on responsibly-caught seafood in his popular cooking show on the Asian Food Channel.

For more information on Bobby Chinn, you may check out his website: www.bobbychinn.com
Scenes from the Coral Triangle Day - 9 June 2012
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Scenes from the Coral Triangle Day - 9 June 2012
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Scenes from the Coral Triangle Day - 9 June 2012
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