In March 2015, LAMAVE launched an exciting new research project at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (“TRNP”). TRNP is a remote reef located in the middle of the Sulu Sea, 150 km southeast of Puerto Princessa, Palawan. The reef is home to at least 20 species of sharks and rays, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its stunning marine biodiversity.
In collaboration with the Tubbataha Management Office and the park rangers, LAMAVE will conduct the first ever comprehensive biodiversity assessment of sharks and rays within TNRP. Our work will focus on determining and quantifying the biodiversity, population and distribution of sharks and rays in and around the park. This information will help us determine the migratory behaviour of these animals so we can take specific, focused action to protect them.
Our study will utilize a range of non-invasive technologies, including visual surveys, satellite tracking devices, citizen science, and Baited/Non-Baited Remote Underwater Video. In addition, we will train park rangers in survey techniques in order to ensure effective and consistent monitoring of the park year round.
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