DENR 11 strengthens coastal efforts with its new dive boat

With its new dive boat named MBCA Scarus, Department of Environment and Natural Resources–XI further strengthens its implementation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) as this will be used for the monitoring and assessment of marine resources within the Davao Gulf area.

CMEMP is a national program of the department, which aims to comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce the drives and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems in order to achieve and promote sustainability of ecosystem services, food security, and climate change resiliency for the benefit of the present and future generations.

The launching ceremony for MBCA Scarus was recently held at Sta. Ana Wharf, Magsaysay, Davao City organized by the Coastal Resource and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) of DENR-XI’s Conservation Development Division (CDD).

The dive boat was named after the genus of the Parrotfish commonly found in Davao Gulf and in other parts of the country. Its presence in the area is one of the indicators of having a healthy reef ecosystem as they help decrease the algae cover in coral reefs. Parrotfish’s diet includes algae extracted from corals.

Present during the launching and first maiden voyage of MBCA Scarus are: CDD Chief Myrna Erlinda D. Arbiol; CRFMS Chief Redentor G. Magno; Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) Chief Marigelaine Arguillas; PO2 Jerry A. Ong and PO3 Crisanto S. Dimalaluan of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); and Jonathan Villafuerte and Lorenzo Auxtero from the City Economic Enterprise.

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Hands-On-ARMS outreach activity held

To raise awareness and highlight the importance of coastal and marine resources to the local communities, especially to the youth, Department of Environment and Natural Resources -XI through its Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Compostela Valley recently conducted the Hands-On-ARMS outreach activity at Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape (MPLS), Compostela Valley.

This interactive activity was participated by selected Grade 6 students from Don William Gemperle Elementary School in Mabini. The participants were given an opportunity to learn and observe the marine cryptobiota using a simple hand lens or magnifying glass and forceps. They also sorted and classified these small animals into their respective groups.

Despite their small size, marine cryptobiota provides various ecological good and services and serves as primary building blocks of the coral reef. Marine cryptobiota includes shrimps, crabs, hermit crabs, brittle stars, sponges, and tunicates, among others.

As part of DENR's Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP), the Department monitors cryptobiota with the use of Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS), a long-term collecting device that mimics the coral reef and attract these animals. The data will be collected to study on their biodiversity and the effects of climate change on reefs.

 

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