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‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems

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SHADE OF MANGROVE ‘PARASOL’.   Boys enjoy the shade of a mangrove species in the coastal waters of Puro-Sinalikway in Barangay Nursery in Masbate City. Mangroves serve as storm protection to coastal communities and as nurseries to many marine species. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

There’s a way to tame the rowdy rodeo experience that Masbate is known for: Just add crystalline water, hectares of coral reefs and an islet paradise.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

2 dolphins given shelter in marine park

SCARLETT, a spinner dolphin rescued in Zambales province, is being nursed back to health. ALLAN MACATUNO/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Two injured spinner dolphins that were shipped to a marine theme park here for safekeeping after surviving blast fishing in Ilocos Norte and Zambales provinces have shown signs of recovery.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Blast fishing seen cause of dolphin stranding

VILLAGERS and fishery officials observe the condition of a spinner dolphin beached in a coastal village in Badoc town in Ilocos Norte province on Feb. 13. The spinner dolphin had an old shark bite wound and was found in the coastal village of Gabut Sur. LEILANIE ADRIANO/Inquirer Northern Luzon

    BADOC, Ilocos Norte—Unabated blast fishing in Ilocos Norte province’s waters and its neighboring coastal areas has been identified as one of the major causes of dolphin stranding here, a report of the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network (PMMSN) chapter in the province said on Tuesday.   Since February, PMMSN has recorded nine instances [...]

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

The business of fixing Lingayen Gulf

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Faced with a dwindling catch, local governments and fishing communities in Pangasinan and La Union are joining hands to save the Lingayen Gulf from further degradation. EV ESPIRITU

Alaska is a remote coastal village of Aringay, La Union, where blast fishing used to be the main occupation of its residents. In this village, some fishermen used to manufacture improvised dynamite sticks that they used in illegal fishing.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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