The battle for marine and human sustainability
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The Coral Triangle lies deep in the volcanic Indo-Pacific region, where two great oceans merge, and is bordered in the north by the Philippines, the west by Indonesia and Malaysia and the east by the Solomon Islands. It is a cauldron of biological variety, with the greatest assortment of aquatic species found anywhere in the world. We journey into the Ring of Fire, sending divers over 90 meters deep to reveal how The Coral Triangle has emerged into a dynamic crucible of geo-evolution, a veritable hot spot of life enriched by volcanic activity, shifting tectonic plates and changing sea levels. This nutrient-rich, grand central station connects great deep-sea wanderers like the whale sharks, manta rays and sperm and blue whales. Marine biologist Dr. Benjamin Kahn studies and tracks the migration of these whales to understand what draws them to this region and why it is a critical path in their life journey. Renowned underwater explorer, Valerie Taylor, and marine scientist, Naneng Setiasih, then take viewers to remote Raja Ampat, the Indonesian gateway to The Coral Triangle, to understand what makes it so biologically rich and why its future health is critical to the well-being of other underwater ecosystems globally.
The battle for marine and human sustainability. (2014, January 9). Manila Standard, p. C3.
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Biodiversity; Livelihoods; Sustainability; Volcanism; Marine organisms; Marine environment; Reef fish; Fisheries; Coral reefs; Coral bleaching; Man-induced effects; Sustainable fishing; Ecosystems; Marine parks; Sanctuaries; Ecotourism; The Economics of Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Coral Triangle; Asian Development Bank (ADB); Global Environment Facility (GEF); Australian Agency for International Development; World Resources Institute; Kahn, Benjamin; Taylor, Valerie; Blair, Lawrence; Setiasih, Naneng
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