Taklong Island National Marine Reserve
|Taklong Island National Marine Reserve|
|Next city:||Nueva Valencia|
|Founding:||February 8, 1990|
The Taklong Island National Marine Reserve is located in the waters of the Guimaras Province of the Philippines and covers an area of 1,100 hectares. It was established on February 8, 1990 when Presidential Decree 525 came into force and is listed as a national park in the annex of the 1992 NIPAS Act .
The Marine Reserve extends on the southwest coast of the island of Guimaras , on the Gulf of Panay , along the coastline of the Barangays La Paz and San Roque of the municipality of Nueva Valencia . In the area of the national park there are extensive coral reefs and seagrass meadows , which were however damaged in the shipwreck of the oil tanker Solar 1 in 2006. The water depth in the national park ranges from 5 to 20 meters, the gradient along the coral reefs sometimes reaches over 60%. The visibility under water is very low due to the high proportion of suspended matter in the water.