a mother and her two children are seen hunting for nudibranch eggs and other sea edibles during low tide in the sea beds around bailangbilangan island, in danajon bank. a ninety mile reef system located in the central visayas region of the philippines, danajon bank is one of just six double barrier reefs in the world. considered one the richest areas of marine biodiversity on the planet, it is also the place from which almost all pacific marine life evolved.
for the hundreds of thousands of people living in coastal villages on its many islands, danajon bank is the primary source of their food and income, though the area is now threatened from overfishing and the extinction of many of its species. as a result, some are now turning to the more sustainable practice of seaweed farming, as seen in the second last image.
the photos were taken by luciano candisani, some of which appear in a larger series by project seahorse and the international league of conservation photographers, who are working to establish marine protected areas along danajon bank and help locals find alternative, sustainable livelihoods. you can follow that series on their tumblr