Marine Conservation Philippines
Volunteer in Marine Conservation Philippines

Achievements

Marine Conservation Philippines became fully operational in March 2015.

2015

  • Initiated a baseline survey spanning around 50 kilometres, ranging from the municipality of Dauin to Siaton. Finished study will cover invertebrates, substrate and fish. Notable fish family surveys completed: Pomacanthidae (angelfish); Chaetodontidae (butterfly fish); Serranidae, (groupers); Scaridae, (parrotfish); Siganidae (rabbitfish); Haemulidae (sweetlips); Lutjanidae (snappers); Acanthuridae (surgeon fish); Ostraciidae (boxfishes); Tetraodontidae (puffers); Ballistidae (triggerfish); Scaevius (breams); Monocanthidae (filefish); Caesionidae (fusiliers); Lethinidae (emperors)

  • Taught marine biology to 35 international high school students on a field trip to the Philippines (Read more here)

  • Cooperated with the Zamboanguita Science High Club on environmental education (Read more here)

  • Under the auspices of JICA and in cooperation with SUAKCREM conducted an expedition primarily for biological assessment of the submerged parts of Hinagdanan Cave, Panglao, Bohol. (Read brief info, see video or read complete paper)

  • Created Educational material for high school students (Read more here)
  • Provided consultancy and assessment to Thalatta resort on the construction of an artificial reef and biological feasibility of local MPA creation.

  • Successfully campaigned online to get Mandaue restaurant Oyster Bay Seafood to release the reef sharks they held in captivity inside restaurant.

  • Hosted environmental organisation Zoox and helped facilitate training of Green Fins assessors. (Read more here and here.)

  • Helped place initial buoys at Dalakit MPA in Zamboanguita and help repair broken markation buoys. (Read more)

  • Reinstalled demarkation buoys at Basak MPA, Zamboanguita

  • Removed discarded fishing nets (ghostnets) from local MPAs on several occasions, freeing trapped fish and invertebrates (See video here)

  • Conducted numerous beach clean-ups, collecting - and if possible recycling - plastic, clothing, glass, metals and other manmade ocean debris.

  • Helped install "reef balls" in Poblacion, Dauin in a municipality-wide drive to create artificial reefs. (See video here)

  • Developed three complete modules (sharks, plastic pollution and coral reefs) with six lessons each for teaching at high school levels.

2016

  • Created coastal zoning plan for expansion of the Lutoban Marine Protected Area. Expansion has passed public hearing, and new tri-habitat sanctuary is 80 ha. A massive feat in comparison to the 15 ha. of the average size of MPAs in the Philippines.

  • Taught marine biology to 22 international high school students on a field trip to the Philippines. (Read more here)

  • Completed baseline survey on fish populations initiated in 2015. Fish family surveys completed in 2016 were goatfishes and wrasses. Read about the finished study. or download the report.

  • Participated in mangrove reforestation efforts along the shores of Siit Bay.

  • Did a workshop on plastic pollution at Little Children of the Philippines, a nearby orphanage. Volunteers and children collected 120 kg of plastic along the shores of Dauin in a single day.

  • Has organised 51 Coastal Clean-ups, roughly one a week, collecting 100s of kilos of litter from reefs and beaches.

  • Arranged for a permanent financial deal, to augment the Zamboanguita chapter of the Bantay Dagat.

  • Secured a grant allowing MCP to build a guardhouse for the Lutoban MPA

  • Secured a grant to procure operational assets such a compressor and RHIB, rigid hull inflatable boat to further conservation activities along the eastern shore of Negros.

  • Committed to various outreach work and activities ranging from sponsoring local sport events and teams, to doing roadwork and maintenance.

  • Mapped extensive seagrass meadows, and completed substrate mapping of ten select sites, to provide truthing data for digital, automated coastal mapping using broad spectrum remote sensing.

  • Helped curb a Crown of Thorn outbreak threatening the South West side of Siquijor. Read more about how MCP volunteers helped.

  • Continued cooperation with environmental organisation Zoox and helped facilitate training of Green Fins assessors twice (February and June) during their Zoox Educational Programme (ZEP).Learn about the program here.)

  • Organised two oceanography days at Foundation University in Dumaguete.

2017

  • Constructed a mangrove nursery at MCP and led further mangrove reforestation efforts along the shores of Siit Bay.

  • Initiated a mangrove api-culture project, facilitating alternative livehoods on mangrove honey.

  • Financially augmented the Zamboanguita chapter of the Bantay Dagat.

  • Constructed a two-story guardhouse for the Sea Rangers at the Lutoban MPA.

  • Initiated a postcard design competition in 55 local schools to highlight biodiversity issues. The competition reached an estimated 20.000 students.

  • MCP divemasters took community groups of Barangay Lutoban, Barangay Andulay and Foundation university on discover scuba experiences on local coral reefs.

  • Published one scientific white paper and two reports. Find them under publications.