Two coral reef sites declared marine sanctuaries in Puerto Princesa


Puerto Princesa (CNN Philippines) — As part of Puerto Princesa’s policy to protect and manage its coastal marine resources, two coral reef sites were recently declared this week as marine sanctuaries.

Adding to the 16 already identified marine sanctuaries in the city are Tangdol Reef in Barangay Bancao-Bancao and Tagkuti Reef in Barangay Simpokan. An ordinances declaring as such were ratified by the City Council in its regular session on Monday (July 27).

Tangdol Reef has a total area of 22.19 hectares, while Tagkuti Reef spans 62.5 hectares.

Currently, Tangdol Reef is under the coral transplantation technology project, a joint initiative among the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Aquatic and Natural Resources Research Development (DOST-PCAARD), Sangkalikasan Producers Cooperative, Western Philippines University, AFP-Western Command and the city government.

Once a reef is named a marine sanctuary, any human activities detrimental to the marine lives shall be prohibited, except for approved scientific research purposes.

Coral cover in Palawan has seen a downhill for the last 10 years, making conservation efforts a paramount.

According to the 2015 State of Palawan Environment report of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSD), Palawan’s live coral cover in “excellent condition” is only at 2.1% as of 2014 – a decline from the 3.7% recorded a decade ago.

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