PH, US join forces in installing artificial reefs in Calatagan, Batangas
Servicemen from the United States and the Philippines, in coordination with local government workers and non-governmental organizations, have jointly collaborated to install artificial habitat reefs at Barangay Hukay in Calatagan, Batangas.Dubbed as Operation Pamamalakaya, the project involved the participation of the Philippine Air Force, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, DV Boer Farm and the Municipality of Calatagan local government and residents. On Thursday, six divers and five support crewmembers from the US military joined in the installation of a total of 30 jackstone-type artificial habitat reefs made from simple construction materials. The artificial reefs will serve as shelter, food sources, and breeding areas for underwater wildlife. Coral will eventually cover the sunken structure, revitalizing marine life and improving fishing livelihoods in the coastal communities of Batangas. “Artificial reef planting is a lifesaving human endeavor. A small contribution to the underwater ecosystem but a great catalyst to the socio-economic development of the coastal communities,” said Lieutenant Colonel Engelberto Nioda Jr, Group Commander, 730th Combat Group, 710th Special Operations Wing, Philippine Air Force. Major Zach Hart, one of the participating US divers, said: “This project was a fantastic opportunity for us to partner with our friends in the PAF and help preserve the Philippine environment for future generations.” “The United States, as a longstanding friend, partner, and ally of the Philippines, continues to provide support to Filipino communities with marine conservation projects,” the US Embassy said. A recent study funded by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) revealed that the Philippines has so far lost “a third of the corals in the last 20 years.” Beneath the Philippine waters is about 25,000 square kilometers of reef systems that is home to 505 coral species and 915 reef fish species – the world’s third most coral-rich area after Indonesia and Australia. Related Posts Read more: Manila Bulletin News
Meanwhile, Chinese fishermen are busy destroying corral reefs in WPS. They should be stopped and obliterate them from the face of the earth!😡
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