Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, Philippines is a premier diving destination in Southeast Asia. The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, declared a World Heritage Site in 1994, lies in the global center of marine biodiversity. The two atoll reefs that form Tubbataha are one of the best examples in the Coral Triangle Region of a well- protected, no fishing, marine park that contains a very diverse and abundant array of fish, corals and other animals in clear and pollution free waters. This diving site is rated among the top ten in the world.
THE EXPEDITION PURPOSE
This reef monitoring expedition will determine the coral reef condition within the Tubbataha Marine Park and surrounding reefs (Jessie Beasley Reef) in comparison to monitoring data collected in 2014, 2012, 2008, 2004, 2000, 1996, 1992, 1989 and 1984 using similar methods. The expedition results will support the current management of Tubbataha Marine Park and indicate effectiveness of protection from illegal fishing and improper tourism activities in the area. The expedition also supports the CCE Foundation through capacity building of its staff.
DIVING VOLUNTEERS – WHAT WILL THEY DO? The expedition volunteers are experienced scuba divers and most have participated in one of the “Saving Philippine Reefs Expeditions” while new divers are welcome. The volunteers will make reef surveys using prescribed methods during morning and afternoon dives and snorkels. The first day will be mostly dedicated to practice dives to help the divers hone their survey skills. Volunteers are welcome to make optional recreational dives after survey dives are completed.