Conserving the Marine Biodiversity of Romblon Passage
Conserving the Marine Biodiversity of Romblon Passage
The coral reefs of Romblon is a critical ecosystem for marine organisms of the passage. Since 2004, SIKAT was able to document 18 fish families in the nearshore coral reef areas, 9 families of Non-Acropora Corals, and 5 families of Acropora Corals. Three species of marine sea turtle and their nestling areas were also documented including green sea turtle, hawksbill turtle (critically endangered) and Olive Ridley (rare). Giant clams are also abundant in the municipal waters commonly found in coral reef areas. In 2007 there were, sightings of whalesharks near MPA bounderies and dugong (seacow) in seagrass protected areas.

The destruction of coral reefs are mainly due to natural and anthropogenic causes. Based on SIKAT's assessment, there has been a decline of live coral in areas near the estuaries due to heavy siltation from marble and mountain pebble quarries. Destructive fishing such as muro-ami method also contributed to the mortality of coral reefs. The typhoons that hit the province also caused coral overturn. If the threats will not be addressed, the ecosystem function will be severely altered.

Genereal Objective:
The project aims to protect the marine biodiversity of Romblon passage by engaging the different stakeholders from three (3) municipalities in the management and conservation of marine coastal resources.

Specific Objectives:
1. To rehabilitate the marine habitats in Romblon passage and restore its ecological function
2. To integrate species-specific conservation in the resource management plan and interventions of local resource managers.
3. To mainstream coastal resource management in the local policies, development plan, and resource management plans of People's Organizations and government institutions
4. TO strengthen and sustain law enforcement activities by bantay-dagat, community members, local police and other concerned agencies.

Target Outputs/Outcomes:
> 16 MPA management plan reviewed and updated
> Coral reef and fish status monitored in 8 sites
> Conducted 1 inter-municipal MPA forum
>4 mangrove nurseries established
> 4.5 hectares replanted with 4,500 mangrove seedlings and propagules
> 1 coral nursery established and produced 2,000 coral beds
> at least 2,000 coral seeds transplanted in 1 site
> At least 100 fisher leaders, government representatives, and faculty of fisheries school from the 3 municipalities oriented on the threatened and endangered species
>250 posters distributed to at least 22 barangays and 25 billboards posted in strategic sites in 3 municipalities
> migratory path of marine mammals and sea-turtles in Romblon passage mapped
>At least 100 giant clams restocked inside the 4 MPAs
>22 PO, 3 municipal bantay-dagat, 1 municipal federation strengthened
> Municipal-wide congress conducted
>At least 30 representatives of LGUs, POs and other stakeholder participated in the inter-municipal forum.
> At least 3 resolutions or ordinance passed
>muncipal advocacy agenda developed and implemented
>Established partnership with government agencies and fisheries school
>At least 3 species-specific conservation management plan developed by stakeholders
>At least 100 men and women involved in sea patrolling and law enforcement activities as fish wardens and WEO.


Project Snapshot

Sentro para sa Ikauunlad ng Katutubong Agham at Teknolohiya, Inc.
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 47,727.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 32,783.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 25,672.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
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Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Rochelle Balitaan Villanueva
+63 2 2944082
Atty Rodolfo Ferdinand Jr Quicho
+63 2 2944082
+63 2 2944082


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