Commensal shrimp such as Vir philippinesis (Bubble coral shrimp)
Crabs such as Achaeus japonicus (orang-utan crab)
Hawksbill turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata
This project supports in-country EDGE Fellows to help conserve relevant EDGE species
The project will develop and implement a conservation action plan for the mushroom coral (Heliofungia actiniformis), in the Polillo Islands in Luzon. This will act as a flagship for broader marine conservation action, including community and local government engagement and capacity building, as well as the implementation of coastal marine resource management plans.
This project will investigate the use of Marine Protected Areas for conserving three EDGE coral species in the Seychelles. It will investigate the presence/absence of the three species on carbonate and granitic reefs within Protected Areas. It will compare size distribution of EDGE corals within and outside of MPAs to establish whether MPAs are sufficient to protect these corals. Surveys will be carried out at two different depths to compare EDGE coral depth preference, to provide information to the government on the effectiveness of MPAs, for EDGE corals.
Working on EDGE Coral Species in Southern Leyte, Philippines
A marine Research Officer working on the effectiveness of MPAs in protecting three EDGE coral species.
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