DOST-PCAARRD supported the nationwide coral reef assessment in 2014, which assessed a total of 206 stations using hard coral cover and allowed the development of (1) standardized protocol for reef monitoring, assessment and taxonomic identification, and (2) new scale for classifying the status of coral reefs developed using hard coral cover (HCC) and national and regional benchmarks, assessment scales and baselines for future management-oriented surveys.
Live coral cover (LCC) assessment scale of Gomez et. al. (1981) and Hard coral cover assessment scale of Licuanan et. al (2019) can be found below:
(NACRE Program, Dr. Wilfredo A. Licuanan/DLSU)