Thousands of People Come Together on 2nd Coral Triangle Day



Posted on 02 July 2013  | 
Fiji Pacific Harbour CTD Beach Clean Up Crew
© Patricia Mallam / WWF South PacificEnlarge
Coral Triangle – Over 30,000 people participated in this year’s Coral Triangle Day, with more than 60 individual events happening around the Asia-Pacific region.

June 9 was officially recognized as the Coral Triangle Day at the 4th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Ministerial Meeting held in Putrajaya, Malaysia last November 2012.

This has proven to be a critical impetus for national governments, local communities, private establishments, and individual supporters to take action on this special day and express their concern for this region’s valuable marine resources through numerous activities around the Coral Triangle.

Now on its second year, Coral Triangle Day once again brought together people from all walks of life to celebrate their shared ocean resources through varied activities such as beach and coastal clean-ups, underwater clean-up dives, beach parades, musical festivals, educational workshops for kids, art competitions, ocean-related seminars, and sustainable seafood events, among many others.

The Coral Triangle Day was conceived to be a regional interpretation of World Oceans Day—an annual, open-sourced event for individuals, organizations, and establishments to come together on one special day of the year to shed light on ocean conservation and the numerous ways to protect and conserve this shared treasure.

The Coral Triangle is one of the three great ecological complexes on the planet, together with the Congo Basin and the Amazon Rainforest. It is a vast ocean expanse that geographically spreads across six countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste.

It is an underwater treasure trove that directly sustains the lives of more than 120 million people who heavily depend on marine resources for food and income.

This yearly Coral Triangle Day event aims to provide a regional platform to promote national and local marine conservation work in each Coral Triangle country and help safeguard the millions of lives that depend on this world’s center of marine life.

Visit www.thecoraltriangle.com/day to find out more about the various events that took place around the Coral Triangle.

Also check out this WWF Coral Triangle Day outcomes report .

Fiji Pacific Harbour CTD Beach Clean Up Crew
© Patricia Mallam / WWF South Pacific Enlarge
CTD Celebration in Long Baloq Beach, Mataram, Indonesia
© Ray D'Sky Enlarge
NOAA and local partners celebrate Coral Triangle Day with marine biodiversity capacity-building activities in Timor Leste
© NOAA Enlarge
Gallery Exhibition in Solomon Islands by Coral Triangle Initiative
© Solomon Islands CTI NCC Enlarge
Captured turtle release on Ela Beach, Papua New Guinea
© PNG CTI NCC Enlarge
Bobby Chinn cooking an alternative to shark's fin soup in Aquaria KLCC
© Paolo Mangahas / WWF Coral Triangle Programme Enlarge
Massive Coral Triangle Day Coastal Clean-up in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, Philippines
© US CTI Support Program Enlarge

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