Failing to address the Coral Triangle’s fragile and finite natural resource base
—whether it is diminishing tuna stocks or threatened leopard coralgroupers
—will not only undermine the region’s unique biodiversity, but also prospects for business sustainability.
For example, as trade in live reef food fish
expands across and beyond the Coral Triangle, it is depleting fish stocks essential to the natural function of reefs.
Many reasons to act fast
Meanwhile, boats are intensifying their fishing efforts to compensate for the declining amount of tuna they catch per trip. And according to some estimates, “trash fish” can outweigh the weight of the target catch by more than 10 to one in shrimp fisheries, causing operational losses.
WWF has been working in the Coral Triangle for the past decades to study, document and solve these problems. Increasingly, we develop solutions in partnership with seafood businesses.
The WWF Coral Triangle programme
has 3 strategies that deal specifically with sustainable seafood in the Coral Triangle: