Burias Pass

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Burias Pass
Burias Pass is located in Luzon
Burias Pass
Burias Pass
Location within the Philippines
Burias Pass is located in Philippines
Burias Pass
Burias Pass
Burias Pass (Philippines)
Coordinates12°57′N 123°18′E / 12.950°N 123.300°E / 12.950; 123.300Coordinates: 12°57′N 123°18′E / 12.950°N 123.300°E / 12.950; 123.300
EtymologyBurias Island

Burias Pass is the strait that separates Burias Island from the Bicol Peninsula in the Philippines.[1] It connects the Ragay Gulf in the north with the Ticao Pass and Samar Sea in the south. It is considered a very important biodiversity area of the country.[2]

Along with the Ticao Pass, the waters of the Burias Pass are proposed to become a Marine Protected Area. The pass has plankton-rich waters and constant current, and is home to a large marine diversity. Species found there include whale sharks, thresher sharks, hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, manta rays, dugong, various species of sea turtles, coral reefs, and the globally rare megamouth shark, but the pass also suffers from massive overfishing and poaching, as well as destructive blast fishing.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Geographical Names: Burias Pass: Philippines". Geographic.org. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Timothy Walker (19 February 2015). "Marine Biologists Study Importance of Burias Pass Between Albay and Masbate". philippineslifestyle.com. Philippines Lifestyle News. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  3. ^ Danny O. Calleja (October 5, 2015). "Proposed declaration of Ticao-Burias Pass as protected seascape excites stakeholders". pnabicol.blogspot.ca. Legazpi City: Philippines News Agency. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  4. ^ Rhaydz B. Barcia (June 21, 2015). "DENR official seeks declaration of Burias-Ticao Pass as marine protected area". bicolstandard.com. Bicol Standard. Retrieved 16 August 2016.