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What Went Before: Damage wrought by USS Guardian

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 and released by the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila, on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, the bow of the USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, is lifted by a crane during a continuing salvage operation off Tubbataha Reef, a World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea, 640 kilometers (400 miles) southwest of Manila, Philippines. The ship ran aground before dawn on Jan. 17, damaging coral reef. AP/Philippine Coast Guard

On Jan. 17 last year, the Avenger-class minehunter USS Guardian ran aground on the south atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs while sailing to Indonesia following a port call on Subic Bay.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Threats to coral reefs continue, says Paje

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Graphic on Asia's Coral Triangle, which contains nearly 30 percent of the world's reefs and more than 3,000 species of fish. AFP FILE PHOTO

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje on Saturday said more action was needed to save the reefs of the Coral Triangle, an important marine area encompassing Asia Pacific countries, including the Philippines, in the face of growing threats to their ecosystems from overfishing, pollution and climate change.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippine coral reefs focus of Month of the Ocean observance

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MANILA, Philippines—In the wake of foreign vessels running aground on the Tubbataha Reefs, the richness of the country’s coral reefs will take center stage during the observance this month of the Month of the Ocean, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said on Friday. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is to lead this year’s celebration [...]

Posted: May 3rd, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Netizens to US: You break it, you fix it

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The USS Guardian, after it ran aground in Tubbataha Reefs is pictured on Jan. 17, 2013, by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command. The salvage operation for the US Navy minesweeper suffered another setback after tropical depression “Crising” struck parts of Mindanao on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, a Philippine Coast Guard officer said.  AP

As authorities scramble to salvage a US Navy ship from the delicate Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Filipino netizens have expressed their lament over the incident, noting the protected area’s importance to global marine biodiversity and calling on the United States to make amends for the damage to corals.

Posted: February 6th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US to compensate PH for damage to Tubbataha Reefs

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PROTEST AT US EMBASSY  Activists protest the destruction of Tubbataha Reefs as a result of a US Navy minesweeper getting stuck at the World Heritage Site. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

The US government has apologized and pledged to provide “appropriate compensation” to the Philippines for the damage caused by the grounding of a US warship at the protected Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH center of ‘illegal’ live reef, aquarium fish trade

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MARINE PARADISE LOST A diver fins through a field of pristine soft leather corals at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Unfortunately, only about 3 percent of the Philippine coral reefs are in “excellent condition.”   YVETTE LEE / CONTRIBUTOR

Foreign demand for food and ornamental fishes has made the Philippines the center of the unsustainable and often illegal live reef and aquarium fish trade worth at least $1 billion globally, scientists and experts said.

Posted: July 12th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Philippine reefs at risk: It makes exec cry

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MARINE PARADISE LOST A diver fins through a field of pristine soft leather corals at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Unfortunately, only about 3 percent of the Philippine coral reefs are in “excellent condition.”   YVETTE LEE / CONTRIBUTOR

Nearly all the reefs in the Coral Triangle, the waters that surround six countries in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific, are in decline, and the Philippines is leading in reef degradation, endangering its economy and food supply.

Posted: July 10th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Coral reefs face bleaching threat, says expert

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Coral reefs around the world are under threat from another round of bleaching as ocean surface temperatures are expected to rise later this year, according to a leading marine scientist. Professor Terry Hughes, Australia’s foremost marine biologist on coral ecosystems, said massive coral bleaching was “entirely likely” in some reef areas, including Southeast Asia, due [...]

Posted: June 11th, 2012 in Asia & Pacific,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Coal ship remains aground on Mindanao reef

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ALABEL, Sarangani, Philippines—The cargo ship that ploughed through the Bakud Reef off Kiamba town on May 15 remained stuck in the protected reef as of Friday and it would still take some time before it is removed, the Coast Guard said in a report. The Coast Guard said the Malaysian towing company contracted to remove [...]

Posted: May 27th, 2011 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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