Marine protected areas established in Palawan to rebuild fish stocks
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A whopping 1,013,340 hectares covering both the coastal and offshore waters of Cagayancillo, plus 80,000 hectares of Aborlan in the Philippine province of Palawan were recently declared as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This is part of a two-country initiative by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Fondation Segré to rebuild the fish stocks of the Coral Triangle by changing the way people view protected areas. MPAs are portions of the sea that are protected by law. According to MPAtlas, the Philippines hosts 1557—more than any other country in Southeast Asia. Established largely through local government initiatives and administered by coastal communities, these undersea enclaves provide vital safe havens for marine life, while also attracting droves of tourists.
Marine protected areas established in Palawan to rebuild fish stocks. (2016, October 13). The Manila Times, p. B6
Marine parks; Stocks; Protected areas; Environmental legislation; Ecotourism; Biodiversity; Environmental protection; Fishers; Fishery products; Nature conservation; Sustainable development; Sustainable fishing; Environment management; Marine resources; Exclusive rights; Fisheries; Coastal zone; World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); Fondation Segré; Environmental Legal Assistance Center; Western Philippines University; Abados, Nison; Palma, Joel
- The Manila Times