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

  • 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 ...

  • Anilao Photo Tilt To Draw More Than 200 Divers From All Over

    Anilao Photo Tilt To Draw More Than 200 Divers From All Over

    One of the biggest underwater macro photography competitions in the world, the Anilao Underwater Shootout is again happening in Mabini, Batangas, better known as Anilao.

    This was announced in the first Dive Philippines Travel Mart, with the Diving Resort Travel Show Philippines, the largest exhibition showcasing the best deals from the Philippine Diving Industry.

    Sponsored by the Department of Tourism, the 5th Anilao Underwater Shootout is expected to attract photography enthusiasts from the world over.

    Last years competition had more than 170 participants, including underwater photog ...

  • Verde Island Passage Marine Protected Area Network And Law Enforcement Network MOA Signing

    Verde Island Passage Marine Protected Area Network And Law Enforcement Network MOA Signing

    The Philippine National Police together with the Provincial Government of Batangas, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, as well as representatives from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) signed a memorandum of agreement to create a network for the protection and sustainable management of the Verde Island Passage- the center of marine shorefish biodiversity in the world held on March 29, 2017 at Hotel Pontefino, Batangas City.

    The project, called the Verde Island ...

  • Marine Team Discovers 30 New Species Off Verde Island

    Marine Team Discovers 30 New Species Off Verde Island

    More than 30 new species of sea slugs, sea urchins and soft corals have been discovered in the Verde Island Passage, between the provinces of Batangas and Mindoro, proving the area?s significance as ?the center of the center? of marine biodiversity in the world.

    The Filipino-American team of marine experts, led by zoologist Dr. Terry Gosliner of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), recently returned from a marine expedition in the Verde Island Passage, which led to the discovery of 30 nudibranch species, two sea urchins, and several new species of soft corals.

    The diving teams explo ...

  • Philippines Twilight Zone Reefs Reveal New Species Human Pollution Below 60 Metres

    Philippines Twilight Zone Reefs Reveal New Species Human Pollution Below 60 Metres

    The so called Twilight Zone - between 60 & 150 metres - is one of the least explored areas of the ocean. A recent research trip by the California Academy of Sciences to the Philippines reveals its unique reef systems are home to many as yet undiscovered species - and sadly pollution too.

    The California Academy of Sciences' Hope for Reefs initiative is an ambitious project aimed at advancing coral reef science through a series of trailblazing expeditions. The mission to explore the so called "Twilight Zone" regions of the world's oceans is among their most exciting projects - shedding light ...

  • Scientists Advancing Hope For Reefs In The Philippines

    Scientists Advancing Hope For Reefs In The Philippines

    The California Academy of Sciences' Hope for Reefs initiative continues to advance global understanding of coral reef science through a series of ambitious expeditions. The team most recently returned from the Verde Island Passage in the Philippines -- a longtime regional focus of Academy research considered the "center of the center" of marine biodiversity. The Academy's science diving teams explored both deep and shallow ecosystems to document species richness, evaluate ecosystem health, and gather data to support smarter ocean conservation strategies.

    Building upon nearly three decades o ...