Over 2 kilos of plastic litter, household wastes and “Crown of Thorns Starfish” locally known as “Dap-ag” were collected during the recent Scubasurero Underwater Cleanup at Bayabas Marine Protected Area in Bayabas, Cagayan de Oro City conducted by the City Agricultural Productivity Operations Office – Fisheries Division in partnership with CDO Marine Police Station and Barangay Bayabas last May 8, 2021. Said activity is part of the celebration of the National Fisherfolk Month.

Dap-ag is a star fish that preys on hard or stony coral reefs. They commonly proliferate when the sea temperature rises. If these sea stars grow in number, the more corals will be damaged.

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The activity was led by Mr. Pablo Rojas, APOO Fisheries Division Chief, and PMAJ Julie M. Buac, Chief of CDO Marine Police Station, together with Bayabas Barangay Council led by Hon. Eddie Abrogar, Barangay Chairman.

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Scubasurero is a term that means scuba divers collecting “basura” or trash underwater.

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Last May 5, a hawksbill turtle was spotted in the said protected area indicating a good sign of the area’s rich marine biodiversity.

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Many activities are also lined up on May 28 in relation to the Fisherfolk Month including Fisheries Fair, Mural and Poster Making contests, and many more events where the city’s 12 coastal barangays are expected to participate.

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with photos by APOO-CDO, text by Ezel Lambatan

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