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Clown Fish Why Do We Care?

The coral reefs of Southeast Asia and the Pacific are the most biologically diverse on the planet and make up some 45 percent of the global total. Millions of people in fishing communities derive their living–and most of their animal protein–from the rich fisheries that these reefs support. Reef-based tourism is also economically important in many areas. Sadly, these global biological treasures are Read more...

Lion Fish Aquarium trade certifying cyanide caught fish

IMA testing of 48,000 fish in the Philippines shows that 25% of aquarium fish destined for the US and Europe, and 44% of live groupers and humphead wrasse going to Hong Kong were caught using cyanide. Too much emphasis is being placed on certification as the silver bullet. Cyanide use is still rampant and certification does not address the problem. Certification can only work if backed up by IMA’s comprehensive cyanide detection testing (CDT) and monitoring, inspection and surveillance (MIS) programs.Read more...

School of fish

IMA was originally founded in 1985, and for many years devoted most of its attention to exposing and combating the widespread use of cyanide to stun and capture live reef fish in the Philippines. This destructive practice was invented in the Philippines in the early 1960s for the capture of aquarium fish, and soon spread to the live reef food fishery, in which larger reef fish (primarily groupers) are exported mainly to Hong Kong and other cities in southern China.Read more...

Marine Debris The Problem of Debris

Marine debris. It is a pervasive plague that reaches across the globe. Cigarette butts, plastic bags, food containers, and fishing line can all be found scattered on our beaches and in our oceans. The most distressing aspect of the situation is that all marine debris can be traced back to a singleRead more...

Project on Focus: The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)

International Coastal Cleanup VolunteersICC stands for International Coastal Cleanup. It is an initiative of the Center for Marine Conservation (CMC) in Washington, D.C. and is observed every third Saturday of September in over 100 countries including the Philippines and 36 U.S. States.

The annual cleanup started in the Philippines in 1994 and was initiated by the International Marinelife Alliance (IMA) Philippines. IMA is a non-profit, non-government marine conservation organization whose missions are to conserve marine biodiversity, to protect marine environments and to promote sustainable use of marine resources for the benefit of the local people.

Destructive Fishing Practices

Cyanide FishermanCyanide Fishing

Cyanide, one of the most toxic poisons known to science, is used to catch live fish in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific and has indisputably wreaked havoc on the region’s coral reef resources. The process is done by crushing cyanide tablets and placing the powder into plastic squirt bottles filled with sea water. Divers then spray the solution on reef areas. This leaves the fish stunned and disoriented making them easier for fishermen to catch. Oftentimes, though, the fish flee into reef crevices, obliging divers to pry and hammer the reefs apart causing inconceivable damage.

Species at Risk
Napoleon Wrasse at riskHumphead wrasse

The Humphead wrasse is facing extinction across its Indo Pacific range. Now needing protection, this awesome fish grows to six feet, lives for 30 years, and calls the coral reef home.
Sharks at riskSharks

Sharks are an important part of the reef. Sadly they are disappearing, being heavily overfished by the shark fin trade.
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