Coral Triangle Stories

  • Coastal community heroes

    April 08, 2021

    Coastal communities are the stewards of the ocean, and their livelihoods directly depend on its health. Six people living at the intersection of land and sea around the world tell us why they are so committed to the ocean and what it has brought to their lives.

    Small woven houses sitting on top of a system of stilts out in clear blue water with a green boat anchored nearby
  • Depths Unknown

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2020
    WWF is aiding the Fijian government and local communities in their efforts to establish a network of marine protected areas that will cover 30% of the country’s waters by 2030.
    Bai Ni Takali
  • What we learned about coral reefs in 2019

    January 07, 2020

    While most of what we learned about coral reefs in 2019 is grim, there's still hope. In this new decade, we can do quite a bit to protect coral reefs and the wildlife and people that depend on them.

    Gabby Ahmadia, senior marine scientist at WWF, surveys a reef in the Selat Dampier MPA, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
  • 7 ways you can help save the ocean

    June 06, 2018

    Covering more than 70% of our planet’s surface, the ocean contains the largest diversity of life on Earth and affects everything from global weather patterns to food systems. Learn what steps you can take help protect the ocean. 

    ecuador ocean WW288186 Antonio Busiello
  • A new way to predict and prevent the end of coral reefs

    January 05, 2017

    For the first time, researchers have created models to predict when, where, and to what extent coral bleaching will occur in reefs around the world at a finer scale than ever before.

    coral bleaching
  • Stark white, unpainted canvas of coral bleaching threatens oceans

    When you think about the impacts of climate change on the marine environment, your first thought might be the melting polar ice caps. Yet corals are among the most sensitive ecosystems to warming oceans and may be the most impacted by climate change in the near future.

    coral bleaching
  • Marine Scientists Quantify Life Under the Sea

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2015
    Understanding underwater baselines in the Coral Triangle
    coral reef
  • A Troubled Paradise

    October 27, 2014

    Today, the Philippines' oceans are troubled. For over a century, coastal development, destructive fishing practices, coral mining, sedimentation, overfishing and chemical pollution have chipped away at the ocean’s health. Add to that climate change consequences such as ocean warming, acidification and coral bleaching, and we have an undersea war against marine resources. Faced with this problem, many countries within the Coral Triangle have established Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), to conserve what’s left.

    Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park lagoon looking bleached, Palawan, Philippines
  • Funding Conservation at a Global Scale

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2014
    The Global Environment Facility: Big solutions for a small planet
    ship lights over water
  • Happy Fish, Happy People

    February 20, 2014

    Thanks to a new mobile app, the process of gathering fishery data in the Solomon Islands has entered the digital age.

    solomon island fishery
  • The Social Impacts of Marine Protected Areas

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2014
    Bird's Head Seascape, West Papua, Indonesia
    Boys on a dock in Bird's Head Seascape, West Papua, Indonesia
  • From Fishers to Weavers

    January 13, 2014

    WWF—through USAID’s Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP)—helped revive and adapt a weaving program in Malaysia that would enable the women to earn income and sell fewer fish.

    weaving a bracelet
  • How long do sea turtles live? And other sea turtle facts

    Sea turtles have roamed the Earth’s oceans for the last 110 million years. Here’s a look at some common questions about the species.

    green sea turtle
  • Wider WWF Impact Through Strengthened GEF Partnership

    November 05, 2013

    Though WWF has been actively engaged with GEF since its creation, we are now for the first time a full partner—a GEF “project agency”—entrusted with the direct design and implementation of GEF projects.

    men on boat
  • Saving Reefs and the Life They Protect

    October 07, 2013

    Saying that Nuatali Veniiy is passionate about marine conservation is a vast understatement. She’s a true believer in the importance of the reefs and the life they support.

    Ghizo Nuatali at the beach
  • Celebrating a Marine Wonderland in the Philippines

    August 13, 2013

    This August, the Tubbataha Reefs of the Philippines celebrates 25 years as a marine protected area. The area is vast, covering more than 38,400 acres, and far from land.

    fish in tubbataha reef
  • Tracking Tuna in the Coral Triangle

    May 01, 2013

    WWF is tracking the movements of yellowfin tuna in the waters off the Philippines in the Coral Triangle. By gathering more information on the movements of these tuna, we can improve management of the tuna fishery.

    Yellowfin Tuna
  • At Work Among the Coral Reefs

    December 12, 2012

    Surveying the coral reefs of the Raja Ampat islands, WWF's Helen Fox works to protect marine areas for generations to come.

     

    Helen Fox diving
  • Marine Expedition Reveals Fascinating Species and Urgent Need for Protection

    October 24, 2012

    The ovulid sea snail boasts a remarkable ability to camouflage itself by taking on the appearance of its favorite food—corals. A new underwater survey by WWF and other scientists recently found at least 25 different species of these beautifully colored and patterned snails in an area of the Coral Triangle. The two-and-a-half-week survey was part of a scientific expedition to explore the underwater world of Tun Mustapha Park—a proposed marine protected area.

    sea snail on coral
  • An Opportunity for Growth and Prosperity in Indonesia’s Waters

    October 02, 2012

    The Sunda Banda Seacape in eastern Indonesia includes a wide variety of communities and provides critical habitat for many marine species. WWF is working with the Indonesian Government to create a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which will span thousands of square miles and help protect the ocean environment.

    Reef and island in Indonesia
  • Fireflies and Whale Sharks, A Fascinating Web of Life

    May 28, 2012

    Discover the connection between fireflies, whale sharks and mangrove forests through a first person account from WWF’s Catherine Plume.

    Whale Shark
  • Close Encounters

    June 17, 2010