—This paper discusses the partial accomplishments
of the countrywide roll-out of coral transplantation and coral
nursery establishment using asexually reproduced
transplantation materials to improve productivity of coral
resources for sustainable fisheries and enhanced underwater
tourism. One of the project sites in the country is in Bagac,
Bataan, monitored by BPSU under the DOST-PCAARRD.
BPSU is also monitoring another site in Subic, Zambales The
project aims to aesthetically enhance damaged reef by
undertaking coral restoration through transplantation of 25,000
fragments of corals or “corals of opportunities” (COPs) in two
sites in Saysain, Bagac, Bataan within the said municipality’s
Marine Protected Area (MPA) and within the coastal vicinity of
Subic Bay, Zambales. The project has deployed 10 Coral
Nursery Units (CNU) in Bagac and another 10 in Zambales with
500 COPs per CNU within a period of three months prior to
transplantation. Direct transplantation was also conducted to
compare results with those planted in CNUs. To date, more than
16,000 COPs have been planted in Bataan and Zambales (May
2015 to January 2016). After the completion of this project, it is
envisioned that this will jumpstart coral restoration service
industry by developing a pool of human resources for coral
restoration and harness the full potential of the resources for
underwater tourism and at the same time promoting
science-based coral reef management. Pointers for a more
successful implementation of the program are recommended.
—Coral reef restoration, Philippine coral reefs,
coral resources, sustainable fisheries, underwater tourism
industry, marine research, coral transplantation.
Rudy C. Flores is with Bataan Peninsula State University, Office of
Research, Extension and Auxiliary Services, City of Balanga, Bataan,
Philippines (e-mail: email@example.com;).
Hermogenes M. Paguia, Romualdo de Guzman, Digna M. de Guzman,
and Nomer N. Varua are with Bataan Peninsula State University, Office of
Extension Services, City of Balanga, Bataan, Philippines (e-mail:
Cite: Rudy C. Flores, Hermogenes M. Paguia, Romualdo de Guzman, Digna de Guzman, and Nomer N. Varua, "Application of Transplantation Technology to Improve Coral Reef Resources for Sustainable Fisheries and Underwater Tourism," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 44-49, 2017.