- Posted April 30, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Eye on the Philippines
"Center of the Center" of Marine Biodiversity
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
The Philippines sits at the heart of the Coral Triangle, the global center of marine biodiversity. About halfway between the provinces of Batangas and Mindoro, the Verde Island Passage boasts the highest concentration of marine species in the planet. Studies show that its reefs are home to nearly 60% of the world's known shore fish, as well as over 300 species of coral. Scientists have thus dubbed the VIP as “the world’s marine counterpart of the Amazon River basin.”
Sadly, the area is threatened by overfishing, pollution, coastal development.