Camiguin marine protected areas posts 94% increase in coverage

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CAMIGUIN, Mambajao, September 28 (PIA) — A big boost to strengthen the
capacities of the province coastal communities, a total of 289 hectares is now
established as protected fish or marine sanctuaries in Camiguin, posting a 94%
increase from the 149 hectares during the inception of the Camiguin Coastal
Resource Management Project (CCRMP) in 2007.A total of 289 hectares is now established as protected fish or marine
sanctuaries in Camiguin, posting a 94% increase from the 149 hectares during the
inception of the Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project (CCRMP) in 2007.

This covers all 15 existing and 16 newly established Marine Protected Areas
(MPAs) declared through a barangay resolution or municipal ordinance.

The MPA restricts human activity to protect living, non-living cultural or
historic resources.

Protection includes limit on development, fishing gear types, fishing season,
catch limits, moorings, to complete bans on removing marine life of any kind.
This will help restore damaged habitats, improve biodiversity and maintain
ecosystem health and processes, permitting fish to mature and reproduce.

Camiguin has also successfully succeeded the delineation of its municipal
waters on the onset of the project.

At the end of phase I, a total of 26% of the appropriate near shore habitats
in province were also established as MPAs, which includes diverse coastal
habitats like sandy beaches, rocky headlands, coral reefs, mangroves, sea
grasses, and lagoons.

To facilitate the establishment of the new MPAs, coral and fish survey were
conducted in pilot barangays. It was able to set up a comprehensive fish catch
baseline data collected daily for a period of six months, from July 15, 2009 to
January 15, 2010, this will be used as bases for fish catch rate at the end of
phase 2.

CCRMP phase I project officer, Amida Diwata M. Jasma said another fish catch
survey is conducted in the transition phase and will continue throughout phase
2.

She noted that the second phase is more like a roll out and phase out stage
of the project, wherein technical assistance will be downloaded to the local
government units (LGUs).

“This is done so that they will to be able to operate and sustain its revenue
generation system in order to support its environmental protection services.
Aside from this, technical assistance in accessing finances from other funding
agencies will also be extended, as their future success with the CRMP project
can then be used as leverage,” Jasma explained.

Camiguin Provincial Planning and Development Office chief Felicisimo M. Gomez
meanwhile noted that after institutionalization of the integrated coastal
resource management system among local communities, the sustainability of their
fishing programs and livelihood will be the prime focus on the second phase.

“We are looking into a different approach now and Governor Jurdin Jesus
Romualdo wants the active entrepreneurs’ scheme, he sees that if livelihood
assistance will be made available per beneficiary family and not by
organizations they will put in more value and effort to make it a success,”
Gomez said.

“It’s more like a family enterprise, to encourage sense responsibility among
beneficiaries,” he added.

To date, CCRMP is on its transition phase, phase I should have ended in
September last year but was extended for five months to facilitate for the
mid-term review which findings will feed for the Phase II design.

Stakeholders now busily meets to size up priority activities for phase II
which is expected to start early next year.

The project seeks to strengthen the capabilities of the province coastal
communities, LGUs and other partner institutions to protect and manage the
municipal waters and the limited productive near shore ecosystem and their
resources.

It is funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP) with the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as the lead implementing agency in
partnership with the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources (DA-BFAR), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA),
Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department
of Education (DepEd), Camiguin Polytechnic State College (CPSC), LGUs, Community
Volunteer Organizations (CVOs) and People’s Organizations (POs).

Management services and technical support in Phase 1 of the CCRMP were
provided by the Tetra Tech EM, Inc. through a team of consultants and field
staff. It was awarded a three-year contract by NZAP to implement Phase I
covering the period November 2007 to February 28, 2011. (PIA 10/Jorie
C. Valcorza)

 

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