Ver­dant sea­grass beds, healthy corals thrive in two Ak­lan towns

Panay News - - LOCALE -

KAL­IBO – Rich ma­rine life and ecosys­tem were spot­ted in the towns of Batan and Bu­ru­anga in the Prov­ince of Ak­lan dur­ing the con­duct of the co­ral reefs and sea grass beds as­sess­ment and map­ping of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources- Pro­vin­cial En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice ( DENR- PENRO) Ak­lan team, just re­cently.

Us­ing Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem ( GPS) de­vice and un­der­wa­ter cam­era, the team was able to map out and doc­u­ment co­ral ar­eas and sea grass beds, in the said towns.

About four ( 4) species of sea grass and few live co­ral species were mapped out in the coastal wa­ters of Barangays Ipil, Mam­buquiao, Man­dong, Napti and Song­colan in Batan while six (6) species of sea grass thriv­ing in patches of beds were found in Barangays Bay­bay, Bil- is, Pani­lon­gan, San­tander and Tubu­ran in Bu­ru­anga, along with var­i­ous species of ma­rine crea­tures such as starfish, sea cu­cum­ber and mas­sive types of corals.

The data gath­ered by DENR- PENRO Ak­lan will be used to gen­er­ate maps to iden­tify the ar­eas where corals and sea grasses grow and veg­e­tate. The gen­er­ated maps in iden­ti­fied coastal ar­eas will help us mon­i­tor and pro­tect our ma­rine ecosys­tems.

Sea­grass beds are vi­tal part of our ma­rine ecosys­tem. It serves as breed­ing grounds and also a source of food for her­biv­o­rous graz­ers like tur­tles and sea cow or Corals on the other hand, are some of the most di­verse du­gong. ecosys­tems in the world, hous­ing tens of thou­sands of ma­rine species.

In cel­e­bra­tion of the Month of the Ocean with the theme:

and of the up­com­ing En­vi­ron­ment Month“TaYo at ang with Kara­gatan,”t he t heme: Con­nect­ing Peo­ple to Na­ture,”

“ one of DENR’s thrust is to raise aware­ness on the im­por­tance of our ma­rine ecosys­tems and of keep­ing our oceans, seas and rivers clean.

“We are all part of the web of life. Polluting our oceans, seas and rivers con­trib­utes to the degra­da­tion of our ma­rine re­sources. In do­ing so, we lose our source of food and threaten eco­log­i­cal bal­ance. We need to be re­spon­si­ble and work on pro­tect­ing our en­vi­ron­ment. Let us keep our air and bod­ies of wa­ter clean. A healthy en­vi­ron­ment means a good health for us all,” said re­gional

di­rec­tor Jim Sam­pulna./

PN

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