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Concern over fishing impacts on ‘Coral Triangle’

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Nov. 17, 2009) – A meeting on preserving the Coral Triangle says it is considering revising fishing quotas.

Senior officials from the six countries bordering the triangle - Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Solomon Islands - are currently holding talks in Solomon Islands.

The triangle, which is the world's richest marine area, has been threatened by a population increase and unsustainable fishing practices.

However, the Solomon Islands Minister for Environment, Conservation and Meteorology, Hon Gordon Darcy Lilo, who is chairing the meeting - says they're confident of agreeing on new fishing quotas and practices that would help protect the area.

"I believe that the co-operation we have established so far has worked out very well," he said.

"With the kind of support from donors that has been indicated and confirmed, I do believe we will be able to have a good program to go ahead in preserving this particular triangle, the Coral Triangle."

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