Malolos gains from mangrove sanctuary

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BIRDS have discovered the mangroves of Malolos City. CARMELA REYES-ESTROPE/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

CITY OF MALOLOS—The coastal villages of this city have become a mangrove sanctuary.

Mangroves provide local fishermen a chance to improve their lives by rehabilitating their source of livelihood, said Daniel Sta. Ana, a fisherman and leader of the Bantay Dagat team that oversees the mangrove plantations along the rivers and Barangays Pamarawan, Caliligawan, Calero, Babatnin, Masili and Namayan.

He said the mangroves had started to help clean up the marine environment and fish had repopulated the coastal waters.

“Our mangrove sanctuary protects us from effects of global warming and climate change, or from tsunami,” he said.

Among the daily catch of fishermen are “alimasag” (small crabs), “asuhos” (cod), tilapia and “bangus” (milkfish).

Elmer Cruz, 37, said assorted fish such as “samaral,” “apahap,” “lapu lapu,” “kitang” and “kanduli” had already been harvested.

“We did not catch as many fish before. But today, when everyone here takes care of the marine environment, our daily harvests have been bountiful and we are happy,” he said.

The fishermen have taken the task of planting mangroves and have been monitoring the rivers and the coastlines of Manila Bay for signs of dynamite fishing.

Fishing using dynamite or makeshift electrical rods harm fingerlings and mangrove roots, Sta. Ana said.

The fishermen have also been coordinating with fishpond operators in nearby rivers in implementing a ban to artificial feeds that occasionally flow into the mangrove areas.

Mayor Christian Natividad said the mangrove sanctuary occupies 38 hectares of Malolos coast.

Mangroves grow better and safer along the Manila Bay coast than in the river, based on the records of Bantay Dagat. They grow fast between December and January and February, or during summer. Carmela Reyes-Estrope, Inquirer Central Luzon

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  • Romy Mandinggin

    Winner !! 

  • generalproblem

    good siguro dapat taniman na din ng mangrooves buong manila bay at ibaon na din sa dagat yung mga makukulit na squatter ng luminis yang dagat na yan

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    keep the greedy property developers out of these areas..!

  • xpider07

    This is great news, keep it up!!

  • PHtaxpayer

    Yup I hope all pinoys will learn to protect our environment and practice sustainable livelihood and development. We don’t have to become too industrialized but it’s important to use science and technology to Help our people.

  • DGuardian

    Tunay na kapuri-puri ang ginagawang programa at pagsisikap ni Mayor Christian Natividad at mga mangingisda ng Malolos. Sana ay gayahin ito ng lahat ng iba pang mga mayors at mga mangingisda sa Pilipinas para lahat ng coastal areas sa bansa ay umunlad, lumaki ang pangkabuhayang kita ng mga mangingisda at matulungan pa ang ecosystem. Isang napakagandang ehemplo si Mayor Natividad ng isang huwaranng public official. Sana ay magpatuloy siya sa ganitong noble deed at sa ibang panahon ay maging Presidente ng Pilipinas. Wala pa tayong naging Pangulo ng Pilipinas mula’t sapul pa na may tunay at marubdob na pagmamalasakit sa kalikasan at sa kanyang mga mamamayang nasasakupan. Ipagdadasal ko ang marami mo pang tagumpay, Mayor Natividad. Sana ay napakarami pang katulad mo.

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