Anchor Damage on the Coral Reef of Sombrero Island, Batangas, Philippinesby Virgilio P. Palaganas, Parks & Wildlife Nature Cent, Quezon City, Philippines,
Abstract: A total of fifty six anchor drops and retrieval were observed in the coral reef of Sombrero Island, Batangas Philippines. The study showed that a total of 15.4164 square meters of corals was damaged by boat anchor, 13.4164 square meters of which resulted from anchor droppings and 2.3370 square meters from anchor retrieval. With the expected increase in marine tourism, anchor damage if left unchecked, will lead to the further decline of reef productivity and with it the beauty of the reef which gave rise to the phenomenon of marine tourism in the area.
Subject Headings: Anchors | Reefs and sills | Islands | Developing countries | Tourism | Small craft | Environmental issues | Philippines
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