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    Posted April 30, 2012 by
    Paranaque, Philippines
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Eye on the Philippines

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    "Center of the Center" of Marine Biodiversity


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     boogsrosales, an IT consultant in Paranaque City, Philippines, shot these photos on a day trip to Verde Island. 'I hope to help Filipinos appreciate the sea more by showcasing its beauty. Perhaps by sharing my photos, I can help them care about the environment more and realize what we have to lose if we don't protect it.'
    - 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.

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