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National Scientist Edgardo Gomez, coral reef conservation champion, dies

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:00 AM

National Scientist Edgardo Gomez's pioneering research on the state of coral reefs in the Philippines fueled public concern and led to worldwide conservation initiatives

PIONEER. National Scientist Edgardo Gomez has been recognized for his outstanding contributions and researches on marine ecosystems which paved the way for the Philippines' marine conservation programs. Photo from DOST

Killer Japanese fungus found in Australia

Oct 03, 2019 - 2:29 PM

James Cook University mycologist Matt Barrett, who confirmed the identity of the toxic mushroom in Australia, says the discovery extends its known distribution 'considerably'

POISON FIRE CORAL FUNGUS. This undated handout picture taken by Ray Palmer and released by James Cook University Australia on October 3, 2019 shows Poison Fire Coral fungus growing in Redlynch Valley, a suburb of Cairns. Photo by Ray Palmer/James Cook University Australia/AFP

Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to 'very poor'

Sep 07, 2019 - 8:28 PM

In its latest five-yearly report on the health of the world's largest coral reef system, the government's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority singles out rising sea temperatures as the biggest threat to the giant organism

Scientists assess coral mortality on Zenith Reef following the bleaching event, Northern Great Barrier Reef, November 2016. Credit: Andreas Dietzel, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

Seagrass meadows support food security in Guimaras – research

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Guimaras, a place highly dependent on marine and coastal resources, is the perfect site to investigate and demonstrate how much seagrasses contribute to fisheries in coastal communities

'LUNGS OF THE SEA.' Seagrass beds are one of the overlooked marine ecosystems, now globally threatened due to human impact. All photos by ZSL/Seagrass Project Philippines

Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year: 'Living Coral'

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:56 AM

What do you think about 'Living Coral', the orange-pink hue inspired by nature?

Biggest coral reseeding project launches on Great Barrier Reef

Nov 28, 2018 - 12:17 PM

'This is the first time that the entire process of large scale larval rearing and settlement will be undertaken directly on reefs on the Great Barrier Reef,' says one of the project leaders

CORAL RESEEDING. This undated handout from James Cook University and Biopixel released on November 28, 2018 shows scientists working on a coral reseeding project to regenerate coral on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. AFP PHOTO / JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY & BIOPIXEL

#FindingCharlie makes waves online after coral reef vandal

Sep 27, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Vince Tenchavez: 'To Charlie's dive buddies who witnessed him do this but did nothing to stop him, shame on you as well. You all should know better.'

WHO'S CHARLIE? The #FindingCharlie hashtag made waves on social media after the name was vandalized on coral reef. Photo courtesy of Vince Tenchaves

Masbate town hopes reef balls will revive endangered corals

Aug 31, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Some 300 reef balls out of a targeted 1,000 are scattered to hasten the coral regeneration in Masbate's Colorada Marine Protected Area

Port Barrera, Tigbao village, Masbate. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Malacañang: No to 'costly' suit vs China over damaged reefs

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'Filing a new case against China will reverse our diplomatic gains, not to mention the cost it entails,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Flood damage would double without coral reefs – study

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Coupled with projected sea level rise driven by global warming, reef decline could see flooding increase 4-fold by century's end, researchers report in the journal Nature Communications

CORAL REEFS. Fish swim in the coral reef of Bunaken Island national marine park in northern Sulawesi on May 14, 2009. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Solar-powered cross joins Albay Gulf's coral garden

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The artificial reef is part of the Coral Genesis project which seeks to promote healthy coral growth in Albay Gulf through faith and technology

CORAL REGENERATION. The solar-powered coral genesis cross is towed to its site in the Albay Gulf. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Australia pledges half a billion to restore Great Barrier Reef

Apr 29, 2018 - 1:01 PM

The World Heritage-listed site is reeling from significant bouts of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change

IN DANGER. An aerial view of a section of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia, March 2017. Photo courtesy Ed Roberts/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Researchers find 'catastrophic' coral die-off on Great Barrier Reef

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Scientists say some 30% of the reef's coral died in the heatwave from March to November 2016

GREAT BARRIER REEF. An undated handout photo received from Australian Institute of Marine Science on October 2, 2012 shows bleaching on a coral reef at Halfway Island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. File photo by Ray Berkelmans/Australian Institute of Marine Science/AFP

Mindanao coastlines under coral bleaching alert

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Mindanao's coastlines are now categorized under a Bleaching Alert Watch, the second level in a 5-tiered warning system

BLEACHED CORAL. Bleached branching coral (foreground) and normal branching coral (background) at Keppel Islands, Great Barrier Reef. Photo from Wikipedia by user Acropora as illustration.

Alone at health clinic, Australian treats self for heart attack

Mar 08, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Experts say his extreme, do-it-yourself, MacGyver-like approach would not be recommended for most people

11 billion pieces of plastic bring disease threat to coral reefs

Jan 29, 2018 - 3:12 PM

[The Conversation] A study reveals another significant threat to the world’s corals and the ecosystems and livelihoods they support

Aldemar Vallos, 27, collects recycleable plastic in the Pasig River in Manila on June 21, 2014. Noel Celis/AFP

4 local anthologies you should be reading right now

Jan 17, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Time to upgrade your library with these reads by Filipino writers

South Korean tourist drowns in Coron

Oct 20, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The 58-year-old tourist is declared dead on arrival at the Coron District Hospital

TOURIST SPOT. A boat docked at CYC Island in Coron, Palawan. Photo from Lawrence Ruiz/Wikimedia Commons

35 persen terumbu karang di Indonesia alami kerusakan

Aug 25, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Terumbu karang rusak akibat penangkapan ikan dengan alat peledak

RILIS TERUMBU KARANG. Polda Sulawesi Selatan tengah menunjukkan barang bukti produk laut yang diperdagangkan secara ilegal. Foto oleh Syarifah Fitriani/Rappler

Viacom to no longer pursue Nickelodeon resort in Coron

Aug 22, 2017 - 7:48 PM

In a press statement sent to Rappler on Tuesday August 22 Viacom says it decided to mutually agree with Coral World Park CWP to discontinue the IP licensing agreement for the said Nickelodeon branded tourism infrastructure

VIACOM AND CORON. Viacom distances itself from the proposed Nickelodeon resort in Coron. Photo by Boogs Rosales/Greenpeace

Local, foreign volunteers help revive coral reefs in Albay Gulf

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Local and foreign divers band together to regenerate corals and build artificial reefs in Albay

Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

Jul 18, 2017 - 3:50 PM

About 30 of the coral reef off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan which lies in the temperate zone suffered bleaching researchers say

BLEACHED. This combination of handout pictures released by Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies and created on July 18, 2017, shows coral reefs (L) in Toyotama, off the coast of Tsushima island taken in January 2016 before bleaching and the same coral reefs (R) in December 2017, after bleaching due to high water temperature. National Institute for Environmental Studies/AFP

Wanda Teo: Nickelodeon theme park in Coron 'pushing through'

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:47 PM

They are not going to destroy the corals says Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo recalling the personal assurance given to her by representatives of Viacom International Media Networks and Coral World Park Undersea Resorts

TOURISM CHIEF. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says a Nickelodeon theme park will soon rise in Coron, Palawan. Photo from Presidential Photo

Great Barrier Reef bleaching worse than first thought

May 29, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The impact will accelerate unless global greenhouse gas emissions are cut scientists say

BLEACHED. This undated handout from Biopixel released on March 10, 2017 shows a coral reef suffering from bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Biopixel/Handout/AFP

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An aerial view of a section of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia, March 2017. Photo courtesy Ed Roberts/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

'Zero recovery' for corals in back-to-back Australia bleaching

Apr 10, 2017 - 10:39 AM

The Barrier Reef is already under pressure from farming run off development and the crown of thorns starfish

An aerial view of a section of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia, March 2017. Photo courtesy Ed Roberts/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

'Underwater wasteland' worries after cyclone hits Barrier Reef

Mar 30, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Tropical Cyclone Debbie which barreled through the region this week mostly struck the reef s southern parts which have not been as seriously impacted by bleaching

DEBBIE. This is a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Debbie along the Queensland coast as seen from the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua Satellite. The image was taken on March 27 at 0350 UTC. Credits: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Indonesia increases estimate for cruise ship reef damage

Mar 22, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The 4 200 ton Caledonian Sky smashes into the reefs at low tide around Kri one of hundreds of small islands in Raja Ampat after taking tourists on a bird watching expedition

Indonesia summons UK envoy over coral reef destruction

Mar 17, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan says it could take up to 100 years to restore the corals in Raja Ampat

DESTROYED. A British cruise ship has caused damage to the ecosystem and habitat structure in Raja Ampat, as well as the loss of some types of coral reefs. Photo sourced from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry

Great Barrier Reef may never recover from bleaching – study

Mar 16, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Record high temperatures in 2015 and 2016 drove an unprecedented bleaching episode

BLEACHED. This undated handout from Biopixel released on March 10, 2017 shows a coral reef suffering from bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Biopixel/Handout/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Extensive coral reef damage caused by British cruise ship

Mar 14, 2017 - 9:38 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Photos sourced by Rappler show the damage at Crossover Reef after cruise vessel Caledonian Sky rammed into the coral reefs

Indonesia says captain of cruise ship that destroyed coral reefs may face imprisonment

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:23 PM

The Indonesian government vows to take action and slams Captain Keith Michael Taylor who was steering the cruise at the time of destruction

EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. The Caledonian Sky cruise ship ruined a wide area of coral reef in Raja Ampat on Saturday, March 4th. Photo from Stay Raja Ampat Facebook account

British cruise ship destroys one of world's best coral reefs

Mar 13, 2017 - 12:39 AM

UPDATED The incident caused damage to Crossover Reef in Raja Ampat Indonesia which has been voted among the best diving spots in the world

EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. The Caledonian Sky cruise ship ruined a wide area of coral reef in Raja Ampat on Saturday, March 4th. Photo from Stay Raja Ampat Facebook account

Australia sees 2nd year of Barrier Reef bleaching

Mar 10, 2017 - 1:36 PM

According to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority the back to back occurrence of widespread bleaching means there is insufficient time for corals to fully recover

GREAT BARRIER REEF. An undated handout photo received from Australian Institute of Marine Science on October 2, 2012 shows bleaching on a coral reef at Halfway Island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. File photo by Ray Berkelmans/Australian Institute of Marine Science/AFP

Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades – experts

Feb 24, 2017 - 2:20 PM

An independent report says the unprecedented bleaching and coral die off in 2016 was a game changer

(FILES) This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland.  The plan to rescue Australia's Great Barrier Reef has been setback decades following last year's worst-ever bleaching event, a new report has found, while the reef's caretakers have cautioned the government to prepare for the likelihood of further bleaching this year. / AFP PHOTO / SARAH LAI

Support reef conservation, Palawan gov tells reef-fish-for-food industry

Jan 19, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Palawan authorities are cracking down on illegal fishing that destroys coral reefs and imperils the sustainability of the lucrative industry

Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez (center) speaks during a meting of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development in Puerto Princesa, January 17, 2017. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Nickelodeon park: Palawan execs say oceans not 'private' properties

Jan 12, 2017 - 3:21 PM

The local government of Coron a tourism town in northern Palawan says it has yet to receive an application or official communication from the private developer of an underwater attraction

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Developer backtracks on Nickelodeon underwater park in Palawan

Jan 11, 2017 - 11:23 PM

UPDATED Amid a signature campaign by environmentalists in the Philippines Coral World Park says its planned resort is land based

Breakwater made of 'dead corals' mine – Palawan governor

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:08 AM

The governor however says the breakwater in San Vicente town is made of carefully piled limestone and not dead corals

Image courtesy PNNI

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Nov 29, 2016 - 1:37 PM

UPDATED Scientists estimate the northern region which teems with marine life will take at least 10 15 years to regain lost corals but are concerned that a fourth major bleaching event may occur before that

Scientists assess coral mortality on Zenith Reef following the bleaching event, Northern Great Barrier Reef, November 2016. Andreas Dietzel/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

'Many more' corals die in Great Barrier Reef bleaching

Oct 26, 2016 - 10:40 AM

It is the third time in 18 years that the World Heritage listed site which teems with marine life has experienced mass bleaching after previous events in 1998 and 2002

This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland. Sarah Lai/AFP

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Jun 23, 2016 - 3:31 PM

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Australian state buys cattle station to help Barrier Reef

Jun 22, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Run off from the cattle station carries sediment to the reef damaging it further

epa05346453 A handout picture made available by NASA on 05 June 2016 shows an image taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) using powerful lens to photograph three reefs of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, seen from space, 15 October 2015. The photo area spans about 15km of the 2,300km reef system. Reefs are easy to spot from space as the iridescent blues of shallow lagoons contrast sharply with the dark blues of deep water. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system on Earth, with more than 3,000 separate reefs and coral cays. It is also one of the most complex natural ecosystems, with 600 types of corals and thousands of animal species from tiny planktons to whales. EPA/NASA HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Coral bleaching goes into unprecedented third year – NOAA

Jun 21, 2016 - 8:12 AM

The impact is expected to be particularly hard on reefs in US states and territories the NOAA says

BLEACHING. This undated handout photo released on April 20, 2016 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a diver checking the bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AFP

Grounded foreign ship taken out of Cebu dive spot

Jun 20, 2016 - 8:13 PM

The Panamian registered M V Belle Rose which ran aground on Monad Shoal off Malapascua Island has damaged half kilometer of coral reefs

M/V BELLE ROSE. The M/V Belle Rose runs aground on Monal Shoal in Daanbantayan, Cebu, on June 13, 2016 en to San Fernando port in Naga, Cebu, from Japan. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard's Twitter page

Scientists discover 'bright spots': A miracle in Indonesia’s depleting marine life

Jun 16, 2016 - 7:57 PM

Given the widespread depletion of coral reef fisheries globally we were really excited to find these bright spots that were faring much better than we anticipated

MARINE LIFE. Coral reef in Bali, Indonesia on 21 January 2011 suffering from mass coral bleaching on reefs. EPA/The Nature Conservancy/Joanne Wilson

Foreign ship damages half kilometer of coral reefs in Cebu dive spot

Jun 14, 2016 - 4:55 PM

The M V Belle Rose runs aground on Monad Shoal off Malapascua Island famous for the presence of thresher sharks

M/V BELLE ROSE. The M/V Belle Rose runs aground on Monal Shoal in Daanbantayan, Cebu, on June 13, 2016 en to San Fernando port in Naga, Cebu, from Japan. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard's Twitter page

3 ways to save Nemo and Dory

Jun 14, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Finding Dory can inspire people to see fish in the wild – not bring them home

Instead of wanting to possess fish, let Finding Dory inspire us all to see them in their home – the big blue, where Nemo, Dory and all their friends belong. Shown is a healthy coral reef in Palawan. All photos from Greggy Yan