Coral Triangle


The Coral Triangle is a geographical term so named as it refers to a roughly triangular area of the tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste that contain at least 500 species of reef-building corals in each ecoregion.

The WWF considers the region a top priority for marine conservation, and the organization is addre ...

ssing the threats it faces through its Coral Triangle Program, launched in 2007.

More than 3,000 species of fish live in the Coral Triangle, including the largest fish - the whale shark, and the coelacanth. It also provides habitat to six out of the world's seven marine turtle species.

The large area and extraordinary range of habitats and environmental conditions have played a major role in maintaining the staggering biodiversity of the Coral Triangle.

Coral Triangle News

  • Is Scuba Diving On Your Bucket List Start With Anilao

    Is Scuba Diving On Your Bucket List Start With Anilao

    Along with skydiving and bungee jumping, scuba diving is at the top of many peoples bucket lists as it opens up a whole new world of stunning marine life and otherworldly underwater landscapes.

    Last weekend, several lucky travellers finally got to tick off diving from their list.

    The Philippines is a top international destination for scuba divers. The country sits at the heart of the Coral Triangle, an area in the Pacific Ocean dubbed as the "center of the center" of marine biodiversity on the planet.

    And right smack in the middle of the Coral Triangle is Anilao, Batangas, the "birth ...

  • Cooperation Key To Saving Coral Triangles Green Turtles

    Cooperation Key To Saving Coral Triangles Green Turtles

    Conservationists recently took a major step forward in their efforts to protect green turtles in the Coral Triangle with the establishment of a "turtle corridor" in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, which encompasses the territorial waters of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia and is one of the biodiversity hotspots of the Coral Triangle.

    The announcement was made at an event hosted by environmental organisation Conservation International at the 12th Conference of Parties of the Convention of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 12), held last month in the Philippines.

    One of the ma ...

  • Road Map Needed For Sustainable Fishing

    Representatives from six Asia-Pacific nations were in this city to draw a road map for sustainable fishing in the Coral Triangle, which is home to 76 percent of all known coral species.

    "We need to have enabling policies," said Remia Aparri, Western Visayas regional director of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

    Aparri told Manila Bulletin that 120 delegates from Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island, Timor Leste, and the Philippines attended the 3rd Coral Triangle Fishers Forum and Tuna Governance Workshop last Tuesday.

    Experts from World Wildlife Fund ...

  • Where Have All The Fishes Gone

    Where Have All The Fishes Gone

    The Numbers

    As the second largest archipelago in the world, the Philippines is one of the richest countries in terms of marine biodiversity and natural resources. Located at the Coral Triangle, with around 600 other Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), it is a key biodiversity hotspot that supports the health of the world's marine ecosystem. It is also the top eighth fish-producing country, making the world highly reliant on our waters for food.

    In addition, by nature of it being an archipelago, more than 60 percent of its communities are coastal communities. The fisheries sector contributes a ...

  • Protecting Sharks And Rays

    Protecting Sharks And Rays

    In 2014 the Marine Wild Fauna Watch of the Philippines published the Philippine Aquatic Wildlife Rescue and Response Manual Series. The publication, one of which focuses on sharks and rays, aims to help address gaps and issues on threatened marine wildlife to protect and conserve marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle.

    The manuals seek to provide a standard to deal with responders of sharks and rays caught in nets or stranded, the common cause of their death, besides hunting for food. While sharks and rays are feared creatures, these seemingly dangerous predators are, in fact, endangere ...

  • Marine Protected Areas In Palawan To Rebuild Fish Stocks

    Marine Protected Areas In Palawan To Rebuild Fish Stocks

    A total of 1,013,340 hectares covering both the coastal and offshore waters of Cagayancillo, plus another 80,000 hectares in Aborlan, Palawan were recently declared as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

    This is part of a two-country initiative by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Fondation Segré to rebuild the fish stocks of the Coral Triangle by changing the way people view protected areas.

    The waters of the Philippines are some of the most productive in the Coral Triangle. Photo shows a large school of trevally in Cagayancillo, which also covers the atolls of Tubbataha in Palawan.