Manila Journal of Science 10 (2017), pp. 101-114

Status of Coral Communities and Reef-Associated Fish and Invertebrates in Batangas and Northern Palawan


The present study shows the status of certain reefs of Batangas and northern Palawan using data gathered with volunteers, community members, local governments, and civil society groups utilizing Reef Check® methods. Both provinces have mean densities of less than 1 per 100 m2 for most of the fish and invertebrate indicators—signifying that they are overfished. Read More


Inventory of Locally Traded Stony Corals (Phylum Cnidaria, Order Scleractinia) in the Cartimar Shopping Center, Pasay City


The Philippines is known for its high marine BIODIVERSITY and for the high risk to that diversity. Of the human activities implicated in the degradation of coral reefs, collection of organisms for the aquarium trade is probably the most controversial. As a first step in determining the local impact of this trade and how, if possible, it can be managed, this paper presents an inventory of the corals being sold in Cartimar Shopping Center, the center of the pet trade in Metro Manila. A total of 29 species in nine families were found, with pocilloporids and Acropora being the best-selling. Euphyliids and gonioporids were also common in the shops, probably because these corals survive well in tanks. Read More