Coral Triangle Day

Following on the heels of World Ocean Day on June 8, is Coral Triangle Day, June 9.

The Coral Triangle (CT) is a roughly triangular area in the tropical waters of South East Asia. The Coral Triangle is recognized as a global centre of marine biodiversity and is a global priority for conservation. Known as the “Amazon of the seas,” it covers 5.7 million square kilometres (2,200,000 sq mi) of ocean waters. It contains more than 76% of the world’s shallow-water reef-building coral species, 37% of its reef fish species, 50% of its razor clam species, six out of seven of the world’s sea turtle species, and the world’s largest mangrove forest.

Coral Triangle and countries participating in the Coral Triangle Initiative, based on (4 March 2014). “Developing Marine Protected Area Networks in the Coral Triangle: Good Practices for Expanding the Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System”. Coastal Management 42 (2): 183–205. DOI:10.1080/08920753.2014.877768.

It dwarfs other world-wide coral areas.

Witt, Verena & Wild, Christian & Uthicke, Sven. (2012). Interactive climate change and runoff effects alter O2 fluxes and bacterial community composition of coastal biofilms from the Great Barrier Reef. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 66. 117-131. 10.3354/ame01562.

In 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reported that the gross domestic product of the marine ecosystem in the Coral Triangle is roughly $1.2 trillion per year and provides food to over 120 million people.

Coral Triangle Day was established on June 9, to celebrate and raise awareness of the ocean conservation and protection, especially on the Coral Triangle. Intended as an open-sourced event, the day is celebrated by individuals and organizations concerned with the Coral Triangle. Coral Triangle day was first observed on June 9, 2012.

Summarized from Wikipedia.

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