Ecosystem Reference
Ecosystem Sulu-Celebes Sea
Type Sea/Bay/Gulf
Salinity saltwater
Other Names
LME SAU No 37. Western Central Pacific between Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. LME2002, LME2006, SAU 2008. 12° N 1° N - 116° E 126° E
Location Map Sulu-Celebes_Sea.png
Size Ref
River Length Area 1013560 km2 Drainage Area
Average Depth Max Depth Ref
Surface 28.7 °C Map141.gif
100 Meters Depth 23.0 °C Map142.gif
Description Bounded by Malaysia and the island chains of the Philippines and Indonesia, this semi-enclosed LME has an area of about 900,000 km2 and is comprised of the Sulu Sea and the Celebes Sea. Much of the LME has a depth greater than 3000 m, limiting most fishing to the coastal areas, while the offshore waters are largely unexploited. Coastal trawling for prawn supplies a major marine export industry, while a variety of artisanal fishing methods are used to catch fish for local consumption, constituting a primary food resource for the region (
Comments on faunal list Area from SAU (November 2015).
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