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Celebrating Coral Triangle Day 2014

Celebrating Coral Triangle Day 2014

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International Celebrity Chef Bobby Chinn addresses the crowd at Hamilo Coast in Batangas. “As seafood consumers, we all have a responsibility to ensure that the fish we eat comes from sustainable sources."(Gregg Yan / WWF-Philippines)

International Celebrity Chef Bobby Chinn addresses the crowd at Hamilo Coast in Batangas. “As seafood consumers, we all have a responsibility to ensure that the fish we eat comes from sustainable sources.”(Gregg Yan / WWF-Philippines)

The countries in the Coral Triangle region celebrated Coral Triangle Day with the vision of promoting ocean conservation and the many different ways to protect and sustain the Coral Triangle.

The annual observance of Coral Triangle Day on June 9 is intended to be an open-sourced event where any individual, organization, or establishment can organize anything they want in relation to the Coral Triangle in particular, and ocean conservation in general.

Now on its third year, this year’s festivities were done in conjunction with World Oceans Day, which is celebrated every year on 8 June.

In the Philippines, various organizations and private sector enterprises joined the cause and celebrated Coral Triangle Day by engaging communities in activities like beach, coastal and sea cleanups, and orientations and workshops with schools, communities and families, among others.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Costa del Hamilo, Inc. (Hamilo Coast), plus international celebrity chef Bobby Chinn partnered to celebrate Coral Triangle Day in the Philippines by conducting a cooking demonstration to promote better alternatives and viable solutions that protect the region’s marine wealth.

Set against the majestic blue waters and lush landscapes of Pico de Loro Cove in Nasugbu, Batangas, Chinn kicked off his cooking segment by cooking Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) sourced by hand-line from Occidental Mindoro. Hand-line is a traditional and more sustainable way of catching tuna, several stocks of which are threatened in the Coral Triangle.

To promote local fisheries, Chinn prepared dishes from local fish sourced off the waters of Hamilo Coast. Go to the WWF website for the full report.

Coral Triangle Day activities in Cebu province were participated in by top hotels and resorts, like Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Plantation Bay, and Pulchra Resort.

The staff of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa after scooping all floating debris stretching along Punta Engano Road shore.

The staff of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa after scooping all floating debris stretching along Punta Engano Road shore.

Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa conducted a sea cleanup in Mactan Channel by a motorized boat. Total amount of trash collected? 9.4 kilos!

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa together, with the Philippine Navy, organized a joint underwater and beach clean up activity on June 7.

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa together, with the Philippine Navy, organized a joint underwater and beach clean up activity on June 7.

Philippine Navy divers collect trash underwater off the shores of Plantation Bay Resort.

Philippine Navy divers collect trash underwater off the shores of Plantation Bay Resort.

On 6 June, employees of Pulchra Resort Cebu in the Philippines and their families (all 450 of them!) were up at the break of dawn for a beach clean-up and a whole day of fun (and serious) activities for a cause.

In Palawan, teachers and students of Canique National High School and the local government officials of Barangay Canique in Taytay, Palawan, celebrated the 3rd Coral Triangle (CT) Day through climate change and mangrove rehabilitation orientations.

The school proposed the establishment of a mangrove nursery in Sitio Tandulan. CTI-SEA supported the activity as part of its Bayani ng Kalikasan (Heroes of the Environment) integrated communication campaign which aims to raise awareness on the importance protecting coastal and marine resources in the municipality. Canique National High School is one of the five schools that participated in the CT Day celebration.

Teachers and students of Canique National High School and the local government officials of Barangay Canique in Taytay, Palawan.

Teachers and students of Canique National High School and the local government officials of Barangay Canique in Taytay, Palawan.

Go here for more photos of Coral Triangle Day in Palawan.

Happening around the same time as World Oceans and Coral Triangle Day, the ‘Small Islands and Climate Change’ theme highlights the celebration of the World Environment Day this year in Papua New Guinea.

Communities in Papua New Guinea celebrate Coral Triangle Day.

Communities in Papua New Guinea celebrate Coral Triangle Day.

The USAID-supported MARSH project worked with PNG communities and the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) to plant 300 mangrove seedlings in degraded areas of mangrove forest near Port Moresby. Mangrove ecosystem provides natural carbon sink and protects vulnerable communities in the Pacific Island region against storm surges.

In Indonesia Coral Triangle Day 2014 was celebrated with several activities. In Makassar, Indonesia – Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW) Indonesia partnered with Marine Indonesian Scholar Association Hasanuddin University (ISLA-UNHAS) and Marine Science Diving Club to build awareness through various events on the importance of coral reefs, particularly those who live in small islands. The same events were also conducted in the islands of Alor, Masela, Wetar, Maratua, Kakarotan, Anambas, Marore, Bepondi, Panambulai, Manterau dan Sebatik.

As part of Coral Triangle Day celebration, officials from provincial and district marine and fishery services who have jurisdiction over the Coral Triangle area in Indonesia visit the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries’ Agency for Research and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Gondol, Bali, and got the latest information on Leopard Grouper breeding techniques.

The 3rd Year of Coral Triangle celebration in Indonesia was highlighted by signing and launching of Blueprint of Bali Marine Conservation Areas Network.

The people of Makassar hold banners of support they signed campaigning on coral reef conservation. — at Losari Beach, Makassar, Indonesia.

The people of Makassar hold banners of support they signed campaigning on coral reef conservation. — at Losari Beach, Makassar, Indonesia.

Solomon Islands celebrated the Coral Triangle day by joining the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology (MECDM) launch the `CLEAN UP MATANIKO RIVER` campaign on June 5th.

The launch was supported by Youth Market, an innovative program designed by South Pacific Commission – whereby youths were given the opportunity to showcase their talents in the form of art, music etc. At this event, awareness outreach was conducted to the general public (youths, school children etc)

Throughout the day on June 9th an educational Radio Quiz program was hosted by the PAOA FM, a local radio that broadcasts to ~1000 people living through the Solomon Islands.

Students join in the annual observance of Coral Triangle Day in Solomon Islands.

Students join in the annual observance of Coral Triangle Day in Solomon Islands.

And finally, the celebration concluded with the Coral Triangle National Program visiting key Government officials to give out gift packs in the form of branded T-shirts and a flash drive that has all documents that were produced by the CTI-CFF.

The Coral Triangle Day celebrations in Solomon Islands was supported by the Solomon Islands Government (MECDM), Coral Triangle Work Program and WWF South Pacific.

Coral Triangle Day was also observed in the virtual word, as numerous websites of organizations supporting the Coral Triangle posted information and news on current efforts to sustain the region’s coastal and marine resources. Google Maps published the Coral Triangle Infographic created by the Caitlin Seaview Survey, a global science and communication project that records and reveals the world’s rapidly changing oceans.

The infographic allows site visitors to interact with the world’s first 360° infographic. This was produced to help celebrate the WWF’s “Coral Triangle Day” in 2014 and inform the public about this critical coral reef environment.

(Stories and Photos courtesy of WWF and Coral Triangle Initiative)

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