Around 4.7 hectares of coastal area in the Municipality of Salay in Misamis Oriental is being eyed to be declared as a Marine Protected Area (MPA).

The DENR-10 Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CDD-CRFMS) in coordination with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-10) have already conducted a series of studies and surveys since 2015 in response to the municipal government’s request to protect its marine resources.

photo by LGU Salay

In a recent presentation by DENR-10, a 4.7-hectare area off Barangay Inobulan in Salay has the potential to be declared as a Marine Protected Area (MPA). Of the 4.7 hectares, around 2 hectares compose the core zone and the remaining 2.7 hectares comprise the buffer zone. Accordingly, the said area has a wide coral reef cover where several specie of fish can be found. Here’s the GPS Mapping result.

photo by LGU Salay
photo by LGU Salay

The points indicate the coral reef areas.

photo by LGU Salay
photo by LGU Salay

Here are some of the fish species seen in the coral reef area in Brgy. Inobulan.

photo by LGU Salay

Here are the coral species identified.

photo by LGU Salay

See below some photos of the subject area.

photo by LGU Salay
photo by LGU Salay
photo by LGU Salay
photo by LGU Salay
photo by LGU Salay
photo by LGU Salay
photo by LGU Salay

The next step calls for the development of the comprehensive coastal management plan which will focus on eco-tourism and implementation of livelihood activities.

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