CI and its partners are working towards strengthening a marine protected area network including 97,000 hectares of no take zones that protect at least 20 percent of the critical habitats (coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves) in the Cagayan Ridge. Important initiatives also include strengthening the management capabilities of the local stakeholders in Cagayancillo and other local governments involved in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, improving enforcement of fisheries regulations, and providing training on proper law enforcement and prosecution of offenders.
For Cagayancillo, research results have indicated that expansion of no-take marine protected areas in sites with important habitats and great potential for recruitment of fish and corals could contribute to recovery of fish stocks. CI has provided technical assistance in expanding these marine protected areas, establishing new ones, and implementing management plans.
Information and educational activities to increase local support for marine conservation and management, targeting local communities, and local government unit officials were also undertaken to support existing conservation science efforts.