Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

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Tubbataha’s Angelique Songco receives biodiversity award

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Songco receives the KfW Bernhard Grzimek Prize for her exemplary work in protecting the reef’s extraordinary biodiversity while also meeting the needs of the local population and tourists

MAMA RANGER. Angelique Songco of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Expedition Shark: Why we need to protect these predators

Jul 10, 2015 - 6:01 AM

A team of scientists from the Philippines Europe and America conduct a 10 day expedition in the Tubbataha Reef

Boats carrying endangered shells intercepted in Cebu

Jul 09, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The highly valued Trochus niloticus shells may have come from the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park say government conservation officials

THREATENED. Samong or Trochus niloticus is heavily poached because of its use as raw material for the manufacturing of mother-of-pearl buttons. Photo by Roberto Verzo from Wikimedia Commons

US pays Philippines P87M for Tubbataha damage

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:33 AM

UPDATED The Philippines received this full amount on January 20 the Department of Foreign Affairs says

US to pay PH P87M for damage to World Heritage Site

Oct 24, 2014 - 6:57 PM

UPDATED The amount represents the P58M that the Philippines asked the US and the P28M fuel and repair costs incurred by the Coast Guard It is lower than environmentalists estimates of P737 8M to P1 2B

'No excuse not to pursue fine for Tubbataha damage'

Jan 16, 2014 - 5:03 PM

A pending Supreme Court case is no excuse for the PH government not to demand compensation from the US for the Tubbataha grounding

GROUNDED SHIP. On January 17, 2013, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

A year later, US yet to pay P58-M Tubbataha fine

Jan 03, 2014 - 3:17 PM

The US embassy in Manila has reportedly not commented either on a related case despite a letter from the Supreme Court

GROUNDED SHIP. On January 17, 2013, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

Celebrating PH's World Heritage sites

May 05, 2013 - 1:33 PM

This National Heritage Month discover 5 World Heritage sites Filipinos can be proud of

MARINE FEST. With the abundance of marine life in Tubbataha, don’t be surprised if you get caught it in its traffic! Photo by Yvette Lee courtesy of Tubbataha Management Office

Tubbataha salvage operation begins

Feb 22, 2013 - 4:41 PM

Thanks to better weather condition in the area the crew of the lead crane ship in the salvage operation get to work

ON SITE. The Jascon 25 crane vessel is already on site and waiting to start cutting up the USS Guardian into pieces. Graphic by Bardo Wu

Post-Tubbataha: Lawyer pushes for VFA renegotiation

Feb 12, 2013 - 8:52 PM

Government should renegotiate the VFA to make sure it will address the criminal liability of US forces under Philippine law

ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER. The USS Guardian destroyed at least 1,000 sqm of coral, more than 1% of Tubbataha's marine protected area mandated by law. Graphic by Emil Mercado

All set for Tubbataha salvage operation

Feb 07, 2013 - 6:08 PM

The operation will be conducted in close cooperation with the US Navy as stipulated by the approved salvage plan

STUCK ON THE REEF. The USS Guardian hit the upper side of Tubbataha's South Atoll on January 17

Plan to remove US ship from Tubbataha approved

Feb 06, 2013 - 2:30 PM

UPDATED The salvaging of the ship is contingent on a joint assessment of the damage to the reef and strict observation of marine park rules

FLOATING CRANE. The SMIT Borneo, on its way to Tubbataha, has been used in other major salvage operations like that of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in January 2012. Photo from Maritime News

USS Guardian salvage to cost almost $25-M

Feb 06, 2013 - 9:07 AM

UPDATED The salvage operation will not be completed until December the US Department of Defense says

WAITING TO BE DISMANTLED. The mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian seen on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, where it ran aground on January 17. AFP PHOTO / US NAVY

Want to dive in Tubbataha? 2 sites will be off limits

Feb 05, 2013 - 6:00 PM

At least 2 dive sites in Tubbataha will be cordoned off due to the operation to salvage USS Guardian the Philippine Coast Guard says

DIVING PARADISE. Tubbataha is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993 and considered a paradise for scuba diving. From from the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park official website

Fines to wait until US ship pulled out of Tubbataha - Palace

Feb 04, 2013 - 7:40 PM

The fines will be imposed based on a final assessment on the damage caused to the reef that has not been done yet the government says

WAITING TO BE LIFTED. The mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) sits aground Tuesday, January 22, 2013 on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, Philippines, where it ran aground on January 17th. Operations to recover the ship while minimizing environmental effects are being conducted in close cooperation with allied Philippines Coast Guard and Navy. AFP PHOTO / US NAVY

US Navy needs PH approval of Tubbataha salvage plan

Jan 29, 2013 - 8:49 PM

The Philippines Coast Guard says it must approve the US Navy s salvage plan before the USS Guardian is lifted from a reef in Tubbataha

WAITING TO BE LIFTED. The mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) sits aground Tuesday, January 22, 2013 on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, Philippines, where it ran aground on January 17th. Operations to recover the ship while minimizing environmental effects are being conducted in close cooperation with allied Philippines Coast Guard and Navy. AFP PHOTO / US NAVY

US Navy paid Hawaii P610-M for coral damage

Jan 28, 2013 - 11:05 AM

The US Navy paid the State of Hawaii P610 M for about half the damage estimated in the case of the Tubbataha Reef accident according to the World Wildlife Fund

How much will US pay PH for Tubbataha crash?

Jan 27, 2013 - 9:53 PM

Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya said he does not intend to charge the Americans for costs incurred by the Philippine Coast Guard and Navy

WAITING FOR THE CRANE. A Philippine Coast Guard boat is seen wading through water as he tugs a boat towards the US Navy minesweeper. AFP PHOTO / PCG

Barring rangers in Tubbataha 'unfortunate' - US Navy

Jan 23, 2013 - 11:37 AM

That was an unfortunate incident that happened right at the start of the event a Navy official says

PATROLLING THE REEF. A park ranger looks out for possible intruding vessels on a patrol boat. Photo from TRNP website

US ship in Tubbataha 'flooded'

Jan 22, 2013 - 1:02 PM

Most of the starboard hull is in contact with the coral says a US Navy publication

Stranded US Navy ship 'ignored warnings'

Jan 21, 2013 - 2:28 PM

UPDATED The USS Guardian stuck on a World Heritage listed coral reef in the Philippines since last week ignored warnings to avoid the area

STILL STUCK. Philippine Air Force aerial image of the USS Guardian near the upper side of Tubbataha's South Atoll. Photo courtesy of AFP WESCOM

US Navy apologizes for Tubbataha grounding

Jan 20, 2013 - 4:44 PM

2nd UPDATE I greatly regret any damage this incident has caused to the Tubbataha Reef says the US Pacific Fleet commander

STILL STUCK. Philippine Air Force aerial image of the USS Guardian near the upper side of Tubbataha's South Atoll. Photo courtesy of AFP WESCOM

US Navy to probe faulty charts in Tubbataha

Jan 19, 2013 - 6:55 PM

Preliminary findings indicate that inaccurate navigation data may have been a factor in the crash

STUCK ON THE REEF. Photo of the USS Guardian stuck at the Tubbataha North Atoll taken from a Nomad plane from the Philippine Air Force on 17 January courtesy of AFP WESCOM

Tubbataha officials protest U.S. behavior

Jan 18, 2013 - 7:11 PM

2nd UPDATE The Tubbataha management lodges a formal protest with the US government after the US Navy again barred rangers from approaching its vessel stuck in the protected area

A sad day for a scuba diver

Jan 18, 2013 - 4:46 PM

It s a sad day when coral is destroyed by a ship that illegally entered a marine protected area

US Navy ship damaged coral in Tubbataha

Jan 17, 2013 - 3:02 PM

3rd UPDATE The US Navy can expect to pay pay P12 000 per sqm of destroyed reefs in Tubbataha says a park official

STUCK IN TUBBATAHA. File photo of the USS Guardian during a port visit to Okinawa, Japan by the US Navy