El Nido, Tres Marias, Philippines

July 2003

Community-based coral reef restoration and education program

The three small uninhabited islands known as Tres Marias lie off beautiful Palawan Island.┬áThe marine area surrounding them is part of El Nido’s community fishing ground and is popular with recreational divers. But the area’s fish populations are declining, and the coral reef is degraded.

In response, ten El Nido villages are establishing marine no-take zones totaling approximately 2,000 acres. Working with the El Nido Foundation, Seacology is providing 600 EcoReef modules to help coral grow and restore the reef.

Project Updates
November 2014
In October, Seacology program managers visited the Tres Marias site and saw that almost ten years after the artificial reef units were installed, they are barely visible because they are covered...
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June 2006
In April 2006 a Seacology delegation visited the island of Palawan in the Philippines to assist in the installation of the first 100 EcoReef modules. Over 100 community volunteers worked with the...
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January 2006
The EcoReefs are scheduled to be installed in April 2006, to coincide with a visit from a Seacology expedition.
July 2005
Marine conservation education, community networking and consultations have been completed in 15 coastal communities in the Bacuit Bay area. 15 no-take zones totaling 962 hectares of reef and...
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January 2005
Validation of the marine zone areas in conjunction with governmental and nongovernmental agencies is taking place. Community groundwork, networking and consultations have been completed in 14...
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