Who We Are

berta1 Roberta Lopez Feliciano
Chairperson
bobbit1 Robert ‘Bobbit’ Suntay
President
ting-feliciano1 Raymundo ‘Ting’ Feliciano
Treasurer
profile-photo-placeholder Ramon ‘Mon’ Araneta
Corpporate Secretary
profile-photo-placeholder Joseph Ascalon
Executive Director
terrygosliner1 Dr. Terry Gosliner
Board Director
profile-photo-placeholder Dr. Margaret ‘Meg’ Burke
Board of Advisors
profile-photo-placeholder Dr. Rich Mooi
Board of Advisors
profile-photo-placeholder Dr. Wilfredo ‘Al’ Licuanan
Board of Advisors

 

CENTER OF THE CENTER OF MARINE BIODIVERSITY IN THE WORLD!

Carpenter and Springer in their 2005 study identified the VIP as an area having the highest concentration of marine shorefish biodiversity per unit area on the planet. Their study analyzed 2983 combined ranges and revealed the central Philippines as the area of highest diversity and endemism. It has about 1736 species overlapping over a 10-kilometer area. In addition, the study showed that the greatest concentration of 120 restricted-range endemics is in the Philippines which has 38, Indonesia/Malaysia 19, Australia 18, New Guinea/Bismark/Louisade 18, Coral Sea/New Caledonia/Vanuatu 17, and seven other localities had either one or two endemics.

The VIP covers an area of approximately 1.14 million hectares stretching about 100 km —from its northwestern point west of Lubang, Occ. Mindoro to its most southeastern point in Romblon Island’s municipality of Corcuera covering the five provinces of Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon.