Young Tawi-Tawi scientist out to save sea of childhood
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The sea, with its diverse marine life, and the pristine beaches of his hometown Sibutu Island in Tawi-Tawi were Richard Muallil’s playground as a child. Now, as a 35-year-old marine scientist, Muallil is hoping to transform his old playground into a marine sanctuary, preserving its biodiversity and promoting sustainable fishing. “Because there are not many programs (either private or government) … on coastal resource management there (Sibutu), the threat from overfishing and habitat destruction is high,” said Muallil in an interview with the Inquirer.
Uy, J. R. (2016, July 24). Young Tawi-Tawi scientist out to save sea of childhood. Philippine Daily Inquirer, pp. A1, A15.
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Scientific personnel; Sanctuaries; Biodiversity; Sustainable fishing; Coastal zone management; Overfishing; Conferences; Research; Sociological aspects; Marine resources; Zoology; Biology; Marine sciences; Resource management; Marine ecology; Illegal fishing; Reef fish; Explosive fishing; Environmental protection; Fishery management; Seaweed culture; Trade; Livelihoods; Mining; Coral reefs; Marine parks; National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST); World Wildlife Fund (WWF); University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (MSI); Institute for Scientific Information; Mindanao State University (MSU); Haribon Foundation; Abu Sayyaf; Department of Agriculture (DA); United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Muallil, Richard; Gomez, Edgardo