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Isang bayan sa Albay, planong gawing tourist destination dahil sa madalas na dolphin sightings

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

FILE PHOTO: Albay Provincial Capitol (ALLAN MANANSALA / Photoville International)

ALBAY, Philippines – Ikinatuwa ng mga residente ng Sto. Domingo, Albay ang plano ng lokal na pamahalaan na gawing tourist attraction ang mga nakikitang dolphins sa karagatang sakop ng Albay Gulf.

“Maganda sa amin kasi may papasok na mga turista, maliban dito mauupahan ang bangka namin,” saad ni Doy Bansuela, residente sa lugar.

Ayon naman kay Jose Bansuela, “Mas maganda nga kung maging tourist destination. Sapagkat mawawa. Ang sa amin, yung, yung malalaking mangingisda mapaalis lamang dito sa lugar namin.”

Sakaling matuloy ang planong ito ng lokal na pamahalaan, tinatayang mahigit isang libong residente dito ang posibleng magkaroon ng trabaho.

Ngunit ayon kay Hilda Lopez, Provincial Coordinator for Fisheries of Coastal Resource Management ng probinsya, kinakailangan munang magsagawa ng public consultation sa mga mamamayan ng Brgy. Pandayan at mga lokal na opisyal upang mapagusapan ang mga problemang maaaring malikha nito.

“Ang dolphin dapat hindi sila nakakakain ng mga plastic, baka gawin yun ng mga tao dito. So, dapat talaga bawat isa magkaroon na sila ng kanya-kanyang disiplina, kasi wag lang iasa sa gobyerno.”

Ayon sa mga residente, Abril noong nakaraang taon nang unang makakita ng ilang bottlenose dolphin dito sa lugar.

Habang tumatagal ay dumadami ang mga ito at ngayon nga ay tinatayang aabot na isangdaang dolphin ang nakikita dito.

Ayon kay Erwin Gregorio, pangulo ng Bantay Dagat sa Barangay Pandayan, ang madalas na dolphins sighting ay nangangahulugan umano na hindi polluted ang kanilang karagatan.

“I-boom na sa turista, open na itong ano para pangkabuhayan na to para sa lahat. So we need the help of Navy, BFAR, and the maritime police para pangalagaan na yan. Andyan na po yan, kaya nga nagiisip ang gobyerno ng livelihood program.”

Sa ngayon ay pinag-aaralan na ng lokal na pamahalaan ang mga hakbang na dapat gawin upang maging tourist destination ang bayan ng Sto. Domingo.

Nangako naman ang mga residente na magtulong-tulong upang mapangalagaan ang kanilang karagatan. (Allan Manansala / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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Fish production improves but corals are dying – BFAR

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Bleached corals in Coron, Palawan

MANILA, Philippines – Data from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reported improvements in fish production in the country as compared to the previous years.

In 2018, the country had 4.25 million metric tons of fish which was higher by one percent compared to 2017.

BFAR attributed this positive development to improvements in the country’s aquaculture which increased by three percent from the previous years when fish production was hugely affected by weather disturbances, illegal fishing, water pollution, and stricter implementation of the Fisheries Law.

The disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea contributes 2.34 percent of the country’s total production from provinces in Regions 1, 3, 4A and 4B.

Meanwhile, almost half of the production is contributed by Regions 9, 12 and the Bangsamoro Region, according to BFAR.

Despite this, the Bureau noted that from the 27 thousand hectares of coral areas in the country, only one percent are in good condition.

The agency added that the Philippine government loses P68.5-B every year because of illegal fishing.

Climate change also adds damage to the corals in a phenomenon called coral bleaching.

Sadly, according to BFAR, this phenomenon is expected to persist.

“We will see more coral bleaching. Ibig sabihin yung pagkakamatay ng mga corals dahil tumaas halimbawa yung water temperature o mas na-expose sila ngayon sa sun, (It means the corals are dying because of increasing water temperature as they are more exposed to the heat of the sun),” explained Sammy Malvas, BFAR’s assistant director for admin services.

 Likewise, the agency noted that even the size of fish is now affected.

“Example na lang iyong sardines, maliliit pa naging mature na, (Example sardines, they easily mature but their size remains small), Malvas added.

Doctor Deo Florence Onda of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute said that the West Philippine Sea should all the more be protected because it has a vital role in the region considering that it is the center of biodiversity in the world.

“Isa lang indikasyon noon, kung maraming pumupuntang fishermen doon sa West Philippine Sea, ibig sabihin marami silang napapakinabangan at marami silang nakukuha, (It indicates one thing: More fishermen fish in West Philippines Sea because it is rich in resources and has a lot of fish), Onda said. – with reports from Rey Pelayo

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BFAR to equip commercial fishing vessels with monitoring devices

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

A Philippine fisherman watches a China Coast Guard vessel patrolling the disputed Scarborough Shoal, April 5, 2017. Picture taken April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will install monitoring devices to around 5,000 commercial fishing vessels in the country.

This is in line with the agency’s Integrated Marine Environment Monitoring System Project amounting to P2 billion.

Such monitoring devices will enable the agency to monitor the location of all fishing vessels every time they venture out to sea.

“The system will only tell you that the vessel is there and it will also tell you kung may incident or may accident na nangyari doon (if there is any incident or accident at sea,)” noted Sammy Malvas, BFAR’s Assistant Director for Admin services.

The installation will commence sometime during the last quarter of this year. – with inputs from Rey Pelayo

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Legazpi City, Albay under state of calamity due to rabies

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Image by skeeze from Pixabay

The local government of Legazpi City, Albay has declared a state of calamity to access funds which will be used to purchase of anti-rabies vaccines.

According to Dr. Emmanuel Estipona, officer-in-charge of the City Veterinary Office of Legazpi, they already ran out of anti-rabies vaccines.

Based on the record of the City Veterinary Office, the population of dogs in the city is around 22,000 but only 8,000 dogs have been vaccinated for this year.

Estipona said an anti-rabies vaccine is estimated to cost P50. They would need around P800,000 to vaccinate the rest of the dog population.

“Alarming ang case ng rabies. Once na may isang case ka diyan, considered as outbreak iyan kasi hindi iyan normal occurrence sa isang lugar lalo na sa Legazpi. We had 35 last year. In 2017, eleven lang, so nagti-triple, (Rabies is an alarming case. Once you have one case of [rabies], it is already considered an outbreak because that is not a normal occurrence in an area especially in Legazpi. We had 35 [cases] last year, in 2017 it was only 11 — it tripled),” he said.

The City Veterinary Office has warned of filing charges against dog owners who neglect their pets and leave them wandering in the streets.—AAC (with reports from Allan Manansala)

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