The Philippines is situated in the coral triangle with the most diverse reef fish and invertebrate varieties in the world.
Coral reefs are among the world's most fragile and endangered ecosystems. They are a significant source of food to our coastal communities, a source of income and employment through tourism and marine recreation, and offer countless other benefits to humans, including unique chemicals with medicinal properties. Despite this, coral reefs are rapidly being degraded by a number of human activities including over-fishing, coastal development, and the introduction of sewage fertilizer and sediment. Trade in reef species utilizing cyanide is a strong additional pressure on this already highly threatened ecosystem.
We were MAC Certified in 2002.
We realize that measures should be taken to ensure that live reef fish are collected sustainably (by methods such as hand-nets), without the use of cyanide. We have consistently complied to this measures and have voluntary submitted our facility for inspection and audit in 2002 and was the first to be certified in the Philippines as complying to the MAC standard of best practices.
The Philippines is regarded as the center of marine biodiversity because of its vast species of marine and coastal resources. Situated in the coral triangle, the Philippines is endowed with the most diverse fish and invertebrate ecosystem in the world.
Results from the preliminary geographical information system (GIS) analysis made by Carpenter and Springer revealed that from the 2,983 combined ranges of generalized maps of marine species in the Coral Triangle, the central Philippines came out as the area with the highest marine biodiversity because it has a higher concentration of species per unit area.