Do you know that there’s a fish sanctuary near Ozamiz City? LOCULAN SHOALS is a 165-hectare fish sanctuary and marine reserve off the southeastern coast of the province of Misamis Occidental. Located about a kilometer from the shoreline, it was declared as such on November 20, 1991 by virtue of Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No. 182 and is within the jurisdiction of the Municipality of Clarin, Misamis Occidental

As clearly stipulated under FAO No. 182, “it shall be unlawful for any person, whether natural or juridical, to conduct or cause to be conducted, any fishing operation or taken catch or gather, destroy or kill any fish or fishery/aquatic products within the fish sanctuary/marine reserve, or in any manner disturb or drive away therefrom any fish fly or fish eggs.”

Here’s the location of the shoal.

The shape of the fish sanctuary actually resembles that of a mermaid with the head on the lower left.

As a fish sanctuary, visits to the site are strictly regulated by the Municipal Government of Clarin, much more these days during the pandemic. Observe the waist-deep shallow waters at the shoal.

The area is also perfect for snorkeling.

But during low tide, the seagrass and coral formations are revealed and exposed.

all photos courtesy of Dan Navarro

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