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Jakarta Post

Groups focus on Coral Triangle to preserve tuna

  • Dorian Merina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 11 2008   /  11:30 am

The region that produces nearly 90 percent of the world's tuna catch is under serious threat due to overfishing and deteriorating environmental factors, a group of government officials, business leaders and conservation groups said. The area, known as the Coral Triangle, covers 5.7 million square kilometers and includes the territorial waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste. It is home to a tremendous diversity of marine life, including 75 percent of the world's coral species, the foundation for the ocean's complex food chain. Nearly half a billion people depend on the area for their livelihoods. In Indonesia alone, the coral reefs provide an estimated US$1.1 billion in annual economic benefits. But the tuna industry, one of the primary indicators of the health of the ocean and a driving force in...