In the recent months, sea surface temperature around the Philippines is above normal. This abnormal temperature could cause irreparable damage to the remaining coral reef ecosystem of the country due to coral bleaching. The critical threat of bleaching to our reefs caught mainstream attention when Philippine scientist reported of the possible marine ecological crisis.
NOAA Coral Bleaching Alert (Jan – Aug, 2010)
As a result, scientists, divers and conservationists are starting to report and upload photos and videos of coral bleaching to the Philippine Coral Bleaching Watch Facebook Group.
Coral bleaching photos
Coral bleaching in Calatagan
I an effort to help the reef conservation community, I initiated the creation of a website to aggregate and locate in a map the bleaching reports. The site’s objective is to “allow the general public (scientists, conservationists, fisherfolks, scuba divers, resort operators, etc.) to collaborate, compile and access field reports on coral reef bleaching. “ I am using crowdmap a cloud-based mapping platform of Ushahidi.
How can you help?
The coral reef conservation community needs more eyes and ears in reporting coral bleaching events around your local area.
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