Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2001

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes VU non-breeding 1995-1996 uncommon A1
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster LC breeding 1981-1985 3,500-4,000 individuals A4ii
Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii LC breeding 1981-1995 1,132 breeding pairs A4i

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2001 high not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: large scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 96,828 protected area contains site 33,200
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 96,828 protected area contains site 33,200
Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park 33,200 is identical to site 33,200
Tubbataha Reef Natural Park 97,030 protected area contains site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Neritic -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. Downloaded from on 01/04/2023.