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Helping hands

 

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park gets a leg up from the Jimenez Group of Companies to see it through the rough waters of 2021. The group is making a ₱500,000.00 donation to support law enforcement activities for the remainder of the year. The fund will pay for the cost of marine park ranger allowances, supplies, and accessories for a new patrol boat that will ensure continued oversight and protection over Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tourism is the main source of funds for managing Tubbataha.  Revenues have dried up since 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic, sparking concerns about sustaining conservation efforts in the country’s premier dive site.

A virtual signing agreement was held at 3 pm today between the Jimenez Group of Companies, the Tubbataha Management Office, and Saguda Palawan, Inc., which will manage the funds.

The Jimenez Group has interests in media, real estate, food, health care, and many other fields of business. Among them are, the top rating FM radio station, Monster Radio RX93.1, and Lifeline 16911, the leading emergency-response company in the country.

Benjamin Jimenez, an avid diver, leads this advocacy for the Jimenez group. “It is an honor and a privilege to help support Tubbataha and the rangers who protect it,” says Jimenez. ” Our reefs are a part of our identity as Filipinos, and as divers, it is not only our goal but our passion to help preserve Tubbataha and spread awareness of its beauty.” Jimenez shared that they plan to extend more support to Tubbataha in the years to come.

Ms. Katherine Custodio, Executive Director of WWF-Philippines and a member of the Tubbataha management board has this to say: “This partnership with the Jimenez Group could not have come at a better time. What drives people to work together for the environment really is a shared concern and hope for the future. I am very excited for what this partnership will bring. In addition to supporting the core mission of the Tubbataha, the Jimenez group has made possible the opportunity to engage many more Filipinos in securing our natural heritage, asset, the nursery of our fisheries, and a priceless treasure that is Tubbahata. We thank and commend the Jimenez group for its leadership and support.”

 

 

26 fishermen were apprehended in Tubbataha last October 1

1. Twenty-six (26) fishers aboard F/Bca Clinton 1 were arrested at Jessie Beazley Reef, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park on 1 October 2021

On the afternoon of October 1, 2021, marine park rangers of the Tubbataha Reefs arrested 26 fishers at the Jessie Beazley Reef in Tubbataha. Found in the fishing vessel were about five (5) tons of fish, including the internationally protected Napoleon Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), and paraphernalia believed to be used for blast fishing.


While on patrol to the Jessie Beazley Reef, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Cagayancillo Bantay Dagat, and Tubbataha Management Office enforcement officers sighted a fishing vessel near the reef. They approached the vessel and while attempting to evade arrest, fishers were throwing paraphernalia overboard to rid their boat of evidence of their crime.


The fishers are still at the ranger station in Tubbataha as of this writing. The BFAR vessel, MCS 3001, is underway to escort the fishers back to Puerto Princesa City for the filing of appropriate cases for violations of RA No. 10067, otherwise known as the Tubbataha Act of 2009.

2. Paraphernalia believed to be used for blast fishing were found onboard the vessel. One of the rangers, a former blast fisherman, identified the paraphernalia.

 

3. About five (5) tons of fish were found in the vessel including a 1.3-meter Napolean Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), an internationally protected and endangered species.

TBWA/Santiago Mangada Puno wins international recognition for artwork on Tubbataha

Created for the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, TBWA, together with The Paper Cutters Guild of the Philippines recreated a portion of the reef on a paper canvas. The detailed artwork was exhibited and torn on the spot to dramatize how something that took millions to form can be destroyed in an instant.

TBWA also earned two Bronze medals for the same project in this year’s One Show and Australian Awards.
TBWA/Santiago Mangada Puno is an advertising, graphic design, sales promotion, and marketing company based in Manila. Its artists have been advocating for the protection of Tubbataha through various media since 2012.

For more information visit:  https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fadobomagazine.com%2Fawards%2Fawards-tbwasmp-earns-industry-craft-shortlist-at-cannes-lions-2021%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR111XIxgyBEYRQx6z0JuHGxAIJngSM5P6nahJpv_jtFhGMOFTFMT_4uWGE&h=AT0NITRZd525rE-DOCFVTIxWNMjEewzldhplmHUnxGIstlb4jJb2hoyddWgF-ZO6BycFOy67b9MD-CiIA_NR3tYbKstNPAFHmxrrbKvVMQ7KsnQe765EObQbT-VG7szXIQ&__tn__=-UK-R&c[0]=AT3Pgmo0tJQHOsQZlfeV0SZVTtvCm_I3-wAD-qF5wTv42lMcLzRVk9hilvE3LJsgJmdzAjAm884Syiqhl2ML9YyUkitxbtyJ43y2VxVs8d0XW8UkiDtP0OmalziVAflaFtcyEvavUwMvasiwwGZr7n_JNNzMJ6paEQJaeSdD5nw1IGfFyvAlNfY7_8YdSMXeC_FXBkk

Saguda Palawan Fundraising for Tubbataha

Join the local NGO, Saguda Palawan, Inc., in raising funds for the conservation of Tubbataha by making donations in exchange for any of these items.  For inquiries, please visit Saguda Palawan, Inc.’s Facebook page.

Abok- Abok Plant Nursery in Cagayancillo

The Municipality of Cagayancillo started a nursery of Abok-abok (Heliotropium foertherianum) trees for transplantation in Tubbataha this year. This is in support of our efforts to regenerate the beach forest in the islets. We were unsuccessful with this species last year. Perhaps the Cagayanen touch is all we need!

The project is funded by DENR and Stellios Foundation, partners in the conservation of Tubbataha.

Photo credit:  Joe Buncag Sembrano

Tubbataha Reefs highlighted in UNESCO Exhibit in Paris

“This photo exhibition has been prepared in collaboration with the Monaco Explorations Campaign in the framework of the partnership agreement between UNESCO and the Principality of Monaco, and will highlight the scientific research carried out during their stopovers in four UNESCO World Heritage marine sites which include Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (Philippines, 2016).” – UNESCO-WHC

Click to download soft copy of exhibit information:

https://bit.ly/3o76z47

 

Brown Booby 0738

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) 0738 (BB 0738) is 12 years old.  It was barely a year old when we attached its numbered bands.  Bird banding helps researchers better understand dispersal, migration, life span, survival rate, behavior, reproductive success, and growth of birds.

BB 0738 was never sighted in Tubbataha in the intervening years.  Yesterday, it landed on the boat of Jundie Wabe, a fisherman in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental after flying 500 kms from Tubbataha. It is now under the care of DENR Misamis Oriental and was released in the wild this afternoon.

We would like to give special thanks to: Jundie Wabe, Bgy. Capt. Cristobal Bustamante, Ms. Riza Edades who reached out to Palawan News, and Ms. Espie Faster who sent us a message through our Facebook Page, PENRO Ferdinand Dagulo, Liza Requina of Misamis Oriental, and Ana May Tingson of CENRO Intao. Thank you also to Romar Miranda for writing about BB 0738.  This long list of supporters only goes to show that sometimes it will many people from different communities working together to take care of nature.  We thank you from the bottom of the sea!

Should you find a seabird with a band (metal and/or plastic ring) please report sightings to the Tubbataha Management Office through telephone: (048) 716-1631; mobile: 0998-552-1174 / 0917-553-0909; email: tmo@tubbatahareefs.org or through our Facebook Page @OfficialTubbataha.  To help us learn more about these birds and care for them better, please provide us with the following information:

  • number written on the band
  • time and place of sighting or recovery
  • circumstances of recovery (resting on boat or surface of the water, injured, etc.)
  • your name and contact number

For another story of a Brown Booby found far away from Tubbataha, click the link below:
http://tubbatahareefs.org/brown-booby-a0703-free-to-fly-again-in-tubbataha/

#Tubbataha
#Reefsforkeeps

 

 

Brown Booby found 500 kms from Tubbataha


BB 0738 found 500 kms from its birthplace in Tubbataha 

Metal and colored bands were attached to some Brown Boobies in Tubbataha 12 years ago.

(Photos by Riza Edades) 

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) 0738 (BB 0738) is 12 years old.  It was barely a year old when we attached its numbered bands.  Bird banding helps researchers better understand dispersal, migration, life span, survival rate, behavior, reproductive success, and growth of birds.

BB 0738 was never sighted in Tubbataha in the intervening years.  Yesterday, it landed on the boat of Jundie Wabe, a fisherman in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental after flying 500 kms from Tubbataha. It is now under the care of DENR Misamis Oriental and was released in the wild this afternoon.

We would like to give special thanks to: Jundie Wabe, Bgy. Capt. Cristobal Bustamante, Ms. Riza Edades who reached out to Palawan News, Ms. Espie Faster who sent us a message through our Facebook Page, PENRO Ferdinand Dagulo, Liza Requina of Misamis Oriental, and Ana Mae Tingson of CENRO Intao. Thank you also to Romar Miranda for writing about BB 0738.  This long list of supporters only goes to show that sometimes it will many people from different communities working together to take care of nature.  We thank you from the bottom of the sea!

Should you find a seabird with a band (metal and/or plastic ring) please report sightings to the Tubbataha Management Office through telephone: (048) 716-1631; mobile: 0998-552-1174 / 0917-553-0909; email: tmo@tubbatahareefs.org or through our Facebook Page @OfficialTubbataha.  To help us learn more about these birds and care for them better, please provide us with the following information:

  • number written on the band
  • time and place of sighting or recovery
  • circumstances of recovery (resting on boat or surface of the water, injured, etc.)
  • your name and contact number

For another story of a Brown Booby found far away from Tubbataha, click the link below:
http://tubbatahareefs.org/brown-booby-a0703-free-to-fly-again-in-tubbataha/

 

 

World Tourism Day 2020

Today is World Tourism Day 2020! Let us celebrate ‘Tourism and Rural Development’. Tourism may be one of our most powerful tools to help communities recover from the devastating economic and social impacts of the Covid19 pandemic.

The Municipality of Cagayancillo share in the tourism revenues in Tubbataha to support rural development. The fund is used to build roads, support seaweed farming, women’s livelihood groups, and agriculture.

The Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) joins the United Nations call to act #Fornature! Celebrate #WTD!

Photo credit: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Housing project for tree-nesting seabirds

The Tubbataha Black noddy (Anous minutus worcesteri) can now only be found in the Bird and South Islets.  Because all the trees in the Bird and South Islet died, this internationally-protected seabird no longer has a place to build its nest and raise its young.  We are now experimenting on a sturdier structure on which they could build their nests.  We will let you know how this experiment goes.

 

Figure 1.  Rangers assemble A-frame seabird condos at Bird Islet. These are made of GI pipes and PVC.

 

Figure 2.  The old bamboo condos are down (right), a new experiment is up. Brown boobies (foreground) show no interest whatsoever.

 

Figure 3. View from the lighthouse: the A frame and the X frame seabird condos.