2017 Saving Philippines Reefs Report : Siquijor Expedition
Title2017 Saving Philippines Reefs Report : Siquijor Expedition
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsWhite AT, Maypa A
Series EditorApurado J, White E
KeywordsSiquijor, SPR
Abstract

Siquijor Province is a small island Province, located in the central Philippines with 21 marine sanctuaries established to date. The monitoring of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Siquijor Province has been sustained through the partnerships of the Province with its Municipality and Barangay local government units (LGUs), with the various projects of the Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation (CCEF) over the years. In 2017, the Saving Philippine Reefs Project (SPR) with volunteers from Australia and the USA, surveyed eight MPAs in Siquijor Province. This report includes the status of four MPAs in San Juan Municipality. The major results and patterns are: (1) percentage of live hard coral cover in MPAS ranges from fair to good, (2) a declining pattern in the percentage of coral over time was observed in all MPAs and adjacent fished reefs, except in Maite and, (3) the reef fish densities and biomass is generally low in all four MPAs. Recommendations on how to improve and sustain MPA management are also provided.