Marine Conservation Institute, recognizing the need for more and better ocean protection, is leading a major initiative to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030. The Global Ocean Refuge System is an innovative strategy to incentivize decision makers to establish protected areas that safeguard marine life and promote opportunities for sustainable tourism. Learn more about the program and our inaugural winners at globaloceanrefuge.org
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park lies at the heart of the Coral Triangle, the geographic centre of world marine biodiversity. Although the Coral Triangle covers just two percent of our planet’s oceans, it contains at least 40 percent of the world’s fish and 75 percent of corals. Studies show that reefs in this region are comparatively resilient to climate change. Tubbataha’s position at the centre of the Coral Triangle means it has a key role to play in marine biodiversity conservation and, ultimately, in keeping our oceans alive.
In 1988, in response to a strong campaign by scuba divers and environmentalists, and with the endorsement of the Provincial Government of Palawan, then President Corazon Aquino declared Tubbataha as a national marine park – the first of its kind in the country. Tubbataha is a strictly ‘no-take’ zone and is the largest marine protected area (MPA) in the Philippines.
Nominated as "Flagship Site" or "Priority Development Site" in the Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System (CTMPAS) in May 2014.