- 76% of the worlds reef building corals – over 500 different species
- 6 out of 7 of marine turtle species
- 37% of the world’s coral reef fish – over 3000 species
- 130 million people depend on its marine resource
It has been declared a top priority for marine conservation because in spite of its importance, it has many threats, unfortunately most of them from us and our human folly.
- Poor marine management
- Coastal development
- Destructive fishing – dynamite/cyanide
- Over fishing
- Lack of political will / interest
- Short term thinking
- Climate change
The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) is a multilateral partnership of the six countries in the region, formed to address the urgent threats, working together to sustain the extraordinary marine and coastal resources by addressing crucial issues such as food security, climate change and marine biodiversity.
At their 4th Regional Business Forum, Sustainable Marine Tourism Conference, held in Nusa Dua, Bali in August 2015, Reef Seen’s founder and owner, Chris Brown, was invited to give a presentation on the work and projects that he, together with all at Reef Seen, has been doing to protect the seas, sea turtles and local villagers. At the Gala Dinner held the evening before, the organizers recognized a private company from each of the 6 member countries which has successfully integrated sustainable marine tourism practices, linking these to their local communities.