MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, June 24 (PIA) – After years of pursuing the establishment of proper marine protection and management here, the Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project (CCRMP) is now on its final phase, geared up with a sustainability plan.
This plan is an updated and revised approach that incorporates phase interventions and ensures continuity of the programs and activities beyond the project life.
The project began in 2007 with the aim of institutionalizing coastal resource management (CRM) as a basic service of the local government units, thereby increasing natural productivity and enhancing the integrity of the coastal and marine resources in the island-province.
The second phase commenced in February 2012. Building on the achievements of Phase 1, CCRMP Phase 2 aimed at strengthening further the local governance and capability in CRM, as well as in promoting conservation-based economic development that is compatible with coastal resource management efforts.
Specifically, the project facilitates the development of enterprises that provide viable supplemental income to the community while promoting wise use of natural resources and minimizing coastal ecosystem threats such as fishing pressure.
These include projects like bottled sardines and coco-sap sugar production as well as the establishment of the Taguines Lagoon Aguasport and Recreation Facility, Pasil Eco-tourism Support Services Enterprise, and the Fish Trading, Cold Storage and Fish Landing Facility.
Considering also the island’s collection of natural underwater treasure, more than 30 marine protected areas (MPA) are currently established in the province, either declared through a barangay resolution or municipal ordinance which restricts human activity to protect the living, non-living cultural or historic resources. Fifteen of these already exist prior the inception of CCRMP.
The Protection includes limit on development, fishing gear types, fishing season, catch limits, moorings, to complete bans on removing marine life of any kind in hope to restore damaged habitats, improve biodiversity and maintain ecosystem health and processes, permitting fish to mature and reproduce.
Other project components include the delineation of its municipal waters, establishment of the Interpretative Center, deputized fishery wardens, reef monitoring, and regular coastal clean-up activities. (JCV/PIA)