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Saving Bohol’s unknown underwater treasure: Danajon Bank

Seaweed farming seen as “a practice that greatly reduces the human impact on the ecosystem” and a sustainable method to live off of Danajon Bank

GMA News Online – By Michael Logarta – April 16, 2013 6:05pm

The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) has teamed up with Project Seahorse to launch a conservation campaign to save the endangered natural treasure, Danajon Bank.

Danajon Bank, an enormous 90-mile reef system located in Bohol, is an extremely rare geological formation. Composed of two sets of large coral reefs, it is the Philippines’ only double barrier reef and one of only six

documented double barrier reefs in the world. The “center of the center” of marine biodiversity, it is considered one of the most important marine ecosystems in the entire Pacific Ocean.

Sadly, Danajon Bank is relatively unknown not only to the rest of the world, but locally as well. For many years it has been threatened by the usual culprits: overfishing, damaging fishing practices, overdevelopment, and climate change, according to National Geographic News Watch.

A collaboration between NGOs, scientists, and photographers, Expedition: Danajon Bank is an attempt to save Danajon Bank by showcasing its rare and exquisite beauty to the world, according to the Tumbler page of Expedition: Danajon Bank. (http://danajon-bank.tumblr.com/) For this purpose it has sent two pre-eminent marine biologists and four top nature photographers to the Philippines early this April to visually document the double barrier reef, its diverse wildlife of over 200 beautiful yet threatened species, and the half million people who are utterly dependent on its natural resources for their food and livelihoods.

Following the expedition, the result will be an international photo exhibition, a beautiful hardcover photo book, and a campaign to support Danajon Bank, all with the ultimate goals of securing legal protections for this valuable yet fragile ecosystem, raising awareness about the threats facing it, and educating the world about marine conservation.

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