Our endangered coastal environment
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A beautiful island in the Pacific. The pearl of the Orient Seas. The Philippines where the sun shines and you can see a scenic sunset practically every day. A beautiful coastline stretching over 18,000 kilometers, with 27,000 square kilometers of coral reefs located in the world's highest biodiversity marine area, part of the "Coral Triangle," the center of the most diverse habitat in the marine tropics. Wow! No wonder we are a divers paradise. But coastal resources are being depleted so fast by irresponsible dynamite fishing activities that destroys indiscrimately and cause irreversible damages to the coral reefs and other marine life. And so if we do not act now, fish, a staple food of Filipinos will not only be prohibitive but may be too scarce.
Tarriela, F. G. (2005, June 14). Our endangered coastal environment. Manila Bulletin, p. B-2.
Coastal zone management; Coastal zone; Coral reefs; Explosive fishing; Illegal fishing; Fishers; Clam culture; Mangroves; Mangroves; Coral reefs; Overexploitation; Water pollution; Philippine Finland Association (PFA); Philippine Marine Science Inc. (PAMS); Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/ Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD); Limon, Ed; Duenas, Manny; Tarriela, Ed; Licuanan, Al; Primavera, Georgina; Hontiveros, Maan
- Manila Bulletin