Save the Reef, Adopt a Giant Clam!
What is the Verde Island Passage?
The Verde Island Passage is home to over 300 species of coral. Considered the largest concentration of corals in the country, and possibly, the whole world, this strait that separates the islands of Luzon and Mindoro is one of the richest in marine biodiversity on the planet.
This area's richness has made it a popular destination for dive enthusiasts, a source of livelihood for fishermen, and has been considered as a candidate to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Over the years, the Passage has been severely degraded by unsustainable fishing practices and commercial vessels which anchor anywhere and damage corals. Signs of degradation are everywhere due to combinations of both natural and man-made causes. Garbage and trash mostly non-biodegradable plastic, end up in the coastline. A barren sea floor where corals used to be is a result of damage dealt by human mistakes. The reefs need our help.
Who is the S.E.A. (Sustainable Environment Advocacy) of Paraiso Bay Sands Inc.?
It is a team of passionate individuals consisting of marine biologists, nature and ocean lovers, and divers, who aim to rehabilitate a part of the coastline of Mabini, Batangas within the Verde Island Passage.
How can we support the rehabilitation of the reefs?
Through the creation of artificial reefs that can house rehabilitated corals and through the proliferation of Giant Clams. Have a look at what we have started underwater in front of Paradiso Rito Resort. We combined Art and Science and deployed steel sculptures of the 12 apostles and crosses filled with rocks, on which the corals can latch and the clams can rest. Already, we have developed a mini marine ecosystem that nourishes corals and clams, and attract fishes into the previously barren area.
Why are we crowdfunding?
We want to build on the momentum of what we have started: to deploy more substrates, rehabilitate more corals and lay down more Giant Clams. With your contribution we can reverse the damage done to our coral reefs, improve the marine biodiversity of our seas and eventually provide livelihood to our seaside communities. We want to spread the advocacy for Redeeming the Reefs. This project is not just cosmetic, because the positive interconnection between the corals, clams and fish, will help save the oceans and thus save the earth!!
Sea Paradiso Foundation started with a dream –a healthy coralline ecosystem where marine organisms can grow and thrive without the threat of man-made impacts
A simple and noble dream borne out of the degradation observed around the dive sites in Anilao in Batangas, the birthplace of scuba diving in the Philippines. The most practical location for realizing this dream is the sandy area in front of Paradiso Rito Resort, away from the maddening diving crowd, an area which is not a dive site and deprived of coral reefs where no fishing activity is observed and a spot which is easily accessible from the resort which will be the foundation’s home in Batangas - Paradiso Rito Resort. The resort, owned by the father of the foundation Charlie Gamboa, will not only be the foundation’s home but will become the center for the realization of its mission.