THE ROAD TO PRO­TEC­TION

Scuba Diver Australasia - - Feature: Creating A Marine Protected Area -

Apo Is­land’s pop­u­la­tion reaches near a thou­sand, but in­fra­struc­ture, ac­cess to fresh wa­ter and elec­tric­ity are lack­ing, so a heavy re­liance on the ocean has been in­stilled. Tra­di­tion­ally, the fish­er­men used the un­sus­tain­able prac­tices of dy­na­mite fish­ing and muroami – a de­struc­tive method of fish­ing that in­volves smash­ing large rocks or ce­ment blocks onto the reef to scare fish into huge nets. In the past, no one saw this as a prob­lem, as they as­sumed that the abun­dance would pre­vail. But grad­u­ally, their catch started de­plet­ing, and con­cerns de­vel­oped.

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