Sagay Marine Reserve
|Sagay Marine Reserve|
|Next city:||Sagay City|
|Founding:||April 14, 2001|
The Sagay Marine Reserve is located in the waters of the Negros Occidental Province in the Philippines and covers an area of 325.52 km². It was established on April 14, 2001 when Presidential Decree 9106 came into force and is an annex to the NIPAS Act 1992 as a marine reserve .
The Marine Reserve is located on the north coast of Negros Island , in the Visayas Sea , along the coastline of Sagay City . In the area of the marine reserve are several extensive coral reefs , the Carbin, Panal, Maca and the coral reefs that surround the island of Molocaboc. The ocean currents sometimes created small sandbanks on the coral banks . The coral banks are made up of 60 different types of hard and soft corals .
In the marine reserve there are 30 km² of extensive seagrass meadows made up of 10 different species. Five species of giant clams , 250 species of reef and deep-sea fish, five species of sea turtles and also the endangered dugong have been observed. 78 species of algae and seaweed were also found.