SEACORM Net - Southeast Asia's coral reef monitoring network

The region's scientists work together to formed the SEACORM Net (Southeast Asia Coral Reef Monitoring Network)for better integration of information and resources. The group intends to establish a strong working relationship between member countries, share information and lessons learnt, inform and update each other on research and monitoring activities in each country, and provide a mechanism for cross-country assistance and collaboration.

Scleractinian coral diversity of Kg Tekek, Pulau Tioman Marine Park.

The reef situated adjacent to Kg. Tekek, Pulau Tioman Marine Park was surveyed during the months of August to October 2004 to document the diversity of hard corals (scleractinian corals) found there. We did random swims using SCUBA along the reef while taking notes of each coral colony morphology and growth forms. Additional underwater close-up digital photography of corallites on each colony was also done. Coral species identification were referenced using Veron & Stafford-Smith (2000). Compared to a study by Harborne et al.

Releases of cultured sub-adult Trochus niloticus generate broodstock for fishery replenishment in Vanuatu

The over-fished topshell Trochus niloticus ('trochus ') was cultured in Vanuatu and grown to sub-adult size (~40 mm) in sea cages. We released 200 of these trochus at each of five reef sites managed through Customary Marine Tenure (CMT) to test the utility of this approach for restocking. The trochus were individually tagged, measured and placed into crevices behind the reef crest. Searches at the sites after 6 months yielded conservative recapture estimates of 36-47% of tagged individuals at sites.

ReefBase: a global database on coral reefs and their resources Version 3.0.

ReefBase 3.0 contains information on over 8,000 reefs, identifies related resources, describes marine protected areas and their features, and provides information on reef stresses, threats, management initiatives, reef-related socioeconomic variables and tourism. Also features several types of maps, photographs, satellite pictures, a comprehensive dive trip planning guide, monitoring programs, institutions, and experts.

The cost of action: CRM investment in the Philippines

Knowing the cost of investment in coastal resources management (CRM) is important especially in understanding the cost of undertaking one and ascertaining whether the outcomes are worth the money spent. In the Philippines, various CRM projects have already been initiated and no studies have tried to account for the total level of investment. This paper provides an estimate of money spent or invested on CRM in the Philippines and examines the investment per km2 of coral reefs.

Artificial reefs in the Philippines

This workshop and the resulting proceedings came into being as a result of cumulative concerns by aid agencies, nongovernmental organizations and by government authorities and researchers on the mass installation of artificial reefs in the Philippines. Artificial reefs are usually constructed from materials such as scrap tires, metals, concrete blocks, bamboo and nondegradable synthesis such as polypropylene rope. What are their environmental impacts?

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