Boost for marine conservation in Coral Triangle
Frederick J. Weyerhaeuser / WWF
A new 277,000 ha locally managed marine protected area (MPA) declared by the Indonesian government will help secure both marine biodiversity and the livelihoods and food security of coastal communities in a priority area of the famed Coral Triangle – the world’s richest marine area, home to over three-quarters of all coral species and a regional focus of WWF’s global ocean campaign. A top diving site, rich in fish and cetacean species, the MPA lies in the Alor Archipelago in East Nusa Tenggara. A year- round nutrient upwelling supports some of the region’s most important fisheries. WWF has worked for 10 years with the authorities and local communities to stop overfishing and destructive fishing practices, while also pressing for creation of the MPA.