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26 fishermen were apprehended in Tubbataha last October 1

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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Are the Masked Boobies Home For Good In Tubbataha?

A rollercoaster ride on the wings of hope “These masked boobies represent what we once lost – and what we hope to recover. As the only breeding pair known in the Philippines today, we are determined to provide them with a safe and nurturing space in which to start a family.” said Angelique M. Songco, […]

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