Verde Island Passage

Batangas City, Batangas

Marine Conservation Area is a strait that separates the islands of Luzon and Mindoro, connecting the South China Sea with the Tayabas Bay and the Sibuyan Sea beyond.

The eponymous Verde Island, located right in the center of the strait, is one of the best diving places in the Philippines due to its pristine clear waters and nice under water view. Daily trips for scuba divers are ma ...

de from Puerto Galera.

A team of marine conservationist declared in 2006 that the Philippines is the Center of Marine Biodiversity in the world and Verde Island Passages as the "Center of the Center of Marine Shorefish Biodiversity".

Many threatened species which include sea turtles like hawksbills, olive ridleys, and green turtles; humphead wrasses, giant groupers and giant clams are present in the Verde Island Passage. However, there are no enforcement of ordinances and over-fishing is common. A short-lived 'park fee' scheme for the Verde Island drop-off dive site was soon dropped when it was discovered that the revenue was being used to buy better fishing gear and hence removing fish at a higher rate. Humphead wrasses are especially threatened and divers often go years without spotting a single individual. It was particularly noted the rare red fin wrasse thrives in Verde Island.

The area has more than 300 species of corals, which is considered one of the largest concentrations of corals in the country or even in the whole world. Coral health is generally good, though the effects of global warming and increased pollution, may still lead to drop in diversity. The Verde Island passage is located next to Batangas Bay which is rapidly becoming a major refining and petrol chemical center in the Philippines. Until now, no infrastructure is in place to contain a major oil, or chemical spill.  Wiki

Verde Island Passage Marine Conservation Area News

  • Protecting Our Seas

    Protecting Our Seas

    Being one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world, there is no question that the Philippine seas are blessed with rich marine life.

    Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) Director Cristina Marlene P. Rodriguez pointed out during the "Partners" Forum: People and the Sea in Davao City on October 9 at the Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases that the country is home to one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world.

    "In our marine waters, we can find the global epicenter of marine shorefish biodiversity, the Verde Island Passage. We have ...

  • September Declared Verde Island Passage VIP Awareness Week

    September Declared Verde Island Passage VIP Awareness Week

    An inter-agency management network declared every fourth week of September as the "Verde Island Passage (VIP) conservation awareness week," an initiative meant to heighten efforts to preserve the marine corridor.

    The declaration was adopted during the first meeting of the VIP management board, here on Tuesday.

    The almost two-million-hectare marine ecosystem, located at the center of the provinces of Batangas, Marinduque, Romblon, and Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, was declared the earth's "center of the center of marine shorefish biodiversity" due to high densities of marine resources. ...

  • A Swim To Save Verde Island Passage

    A Swim To Save Verde Island Passage

    Sundays are rest days for most people. No need to wake up and get up early because one can just chill, stay in bed, and feel the weekend. But for siblings Jewelle Mae and Jhad Mattheus Macatangay, it was a different Sunday. It was a different "chill".

    The two Macatangays woke up early, earlier than the sun can rise, to participate in the 3rd Verde Island Passage Open Swimjunkie Challenge at Punta Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas.

    The VIP Open Swim aims to raise awareness and continue to protect and preserve the Verde Island Passage which is dubbed as the "center of the center of marine shore fi ...

  • DENR Seeks Youth Groups Help In Preserving PH Seas

    DENR Seeks Youth Groups Help In Preserving PH Seas

    From trekking mountains, Rozelle de Leon, 23, has come down to the oceans to explore what she calls a "bigger horizon."

    It was through a friend that she learned about "Sea to Believe," a two-day marine and dive camp of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) for coastal protection.

    "It's an eye-opener," De Leon said. "As a medical student from Manila, she said she was happy to learn about marine animals" potential in the medical field.

    Like her, software engineer Rommelson Fabro, 30, said the camp "ignited" his deep interest in underwat ...

  • From Poacher To Protector: Local Communities Embrace Conservation Of Crucial Marine Treasure

    From Poacher To Protector: Local Communities Embrace Conservation Of Crucial Marine Treasure

    Sonny Badal cared little about the environment as a young man. He plundered the coral reefs near his home village of their aquatic treasures, captured fish in their sanctuaries and relished the money he made as a result.

    He says he was one of the most successful fishermen in the area - Lobo, a sleepy coastal municipality in Batangas, southern Luzon.

    It is a place where the sun shines strong on long stretches of white sand and wooden boats drift languorously on the viridian water that extends to the horizon. During the long monsoon season, clouds roll in with foreboding, unfeelingly dropp ...

  • New Butterflyfish Species Discovered In Philippines

    New Butterflyfish Species Discovered In Philippines

    A team of marine biologists from Monterey Bay Aquarium and the California Academy of Sciences has discovered and described a new species of the butterflyfish genus Roa from the Verde Island Passage in the Philippines, West Pacific Ocean.

    "We named this reef fish Roa rumsfeldi because, as Donald Rumsfeld once said, some things are truly unknown unknowns," said senior author Dr. Luiz Rocha, Associate Curator and Follett Chair of Ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences.

    "This fish caught us completely off-guard. After traveling from the deep reefs of the Philippines to our aquariu ...