The UP Marine Science Institute reaffirms its commitment to a partnership with the DENR and other government agencies as it clarifies some points regarding “cost of services” following DENR Undersecretary Antiporda’s recent comments.

UP MSI experts are presenting the results of their investigations into the West Philippine Sea and the Philippine Rise in a four-episode webinar series. New webinars on biodiversity, oceanography, fisheries and challenges and threats are scheduled on Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14.

A recent paper by University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute’s Timothy Quimpo and colleagues, published in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (JMBA), revealed that coral reefs in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) have low abundance and diversity of corals and fish. Even the deeper areas of the reefs, the upper mesophotic coral ecosystems that are presumed to be buffered from disturbances, showed similar benthic and coral assemblage composition as the shallow water reefs, suggesting that both depths are vulnerable to disturbances.