The Green Fins Slogan Contest

Bangkok, 13 March 2007 – Tourists, diving and snorkeling enthusiasts in 10 Asian countries will get a chance to pen their thoughts on the preservation and conservation of coral reefs in the Green Fins Slogan Contest which begins today and runs till midnight 30 April 2007. The competition, organized by the East Asian Seas Regional Coordinating Unit ((EAS/RCU), the Secretariat of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) seeks to draw attention of tourists, tour and dive operators and the public to the critical conditions of coral reefs in the region and the need for practices that do not worsen the health of an already threatened resource.

More than a third of the world’s coral reefs are found in the East Asian Seas that traverses Australia, Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The region also has the highest coral reef biodiversity in the world. However, pollution, tourist activities, and destructive fishing have taken their toll on the reefs which are now in critical and threatened condition. Around 38% of coral reefs in Southeast Asia and over 14% in Northeast Asia have already been destroyed.

 “Along with their aesthetic qualities, these coral reefs constitute an important economic resource for the communities that depend on them for their livelihoods as well as the fishing and tourism industry. Some studies indicate that in the Southeast Asia subregion, coral reefs can contribute almost $2.2 billion to fisheries and US$4.8 million to tourism,