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Endangered Species, Fragile Marine Ecosystems, and the Philippines

  • Alfredo C. Robles Jr.
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Abstract

Protests at the activities of Chinese fishermen, initially referring to the conservation of marine resources, increasingly relied on considerations of biodiversity. Marine biodiversity is extremely important for the Philippines, for both ecological and economic reasons. These may be illustrated with the example of one endangered species, sea turtles, and of one fragile ecosystem, coral reefs. Sea turtles maintain habitat, maintain a balanced food web, cycle nutrients and provide habitat. The collection of their eggs and to a lesser extent, the consumption of meat is vital for marginalized and indigenous communities. Coral reefs provide physical structure services, biotic services, biogeochemical services, and information services. They are sources of living resources and mining materials as well as major tourist attractions. Coral reefs sustain the livelihood of many coastal communities. Hence it is crucial for the Philippines to preserve this fragile ecosystem. Philippine efforts to conserve sea turtles and coral reefs are undermined by the activities of Chinese fishermen and of China itself.

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  • Alfredo C. Robles Jr.
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  1. 1.De La Salle UniversityManilaPhilippines

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