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2009-05-11 06:20:00

There is a swirling fight to save the Indonesian island of Nusa Lembongan because of its valuable wildlife resources. It appears to be the edge of a great wilderness, but according to scientists, this small and scrubby island off Bali is one corner of a huge marine ecosystem described as the most diverse on earth. The area known as the Coral Triangle is a key environmental battleground for a planet grappling with climate change. The triangle stretches across six nations between the...

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2009-04-21 15:02:36

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said Tuesday that Southeast Asian fisherman are killing sharks and endangered marine turtles every year by discarding them as "unwanted catch." The global conservation group estimates that millions of pounds of marine creatures are caught in fishing nets and thrown away every year in the so-called Coral Triangle "“ an area spanning the seas of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.  Scientists say the area...

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2009-01-20 14:30:03

The growing appetite for live reef fish throughout Southeast Asia is devastating fish populations in the protected Coral Triangle, which supports 75 percent of the world's coral species and contains the richest ocean diversity anywhere on the globe.  Spawning of reef fish in this marine area has dropped 79 percent over the past 5 to 20 years, depending on location, according to a recent report in the scientific journal Conservation Biology.  Overfishing, especially of spawning...

2008-10-06 06:00:23

Text of report by Papua New Guinea newspaper The National website on 6 October Papua New Guinea is one of several countries in the Asia-Pacific who will benefit from a 350,000 US dollar (915,454 kina) Taiwanese assistance to help protect its natural marine environment. The Standard Chartered Bank (Taiwan) Ltd's Coral Triangle initiative is a new multilateral partnership working to safeguard the marine and coastal resources of the coral reefs, the world's centre of marine biodiversity. The...

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2008-01-14 10:40:00

NEW YORK -- Outbreaks of the notorious crown of thorns starfish now threaten the "coral triangle," the richest center of coral reef biodiversity on Earth, according to recent surveys by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.The starfish "“ a predator that feeds on corals by spreading its stomach over them and using digestive enzymes to liquefy tissue "“ were discovered in large numbers by the researchers in reefs in...


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