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Illegal fishing, climate change real threats

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Manado   /   Sat, May 16 2009   /  02:05 pm

Heads of states of the six coral triangle countries expressed concern Friday over depleting marine and coastal resources caused by overfishing and illegal fishing, coupled with pollution and human-induced climate change. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said "unfriendly" fishing and shaky coastal management had depleted coastal and pelagic fish stocks in parts of the coral triangle area. "It has caused massive losses of mangrove forests and vast degradation of coral reef systems. Now, many of our marine and coastal species are on the brink of extinction," he told the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Summit. "Scientists have warned us we have so much to lose if we don't pay attention to the fate of our reefs," he added. "That's why we are here, to prevent the loss o...