TERNATE, Cavite – A group of volunteer divers discovered a coral garden under the core zone of Ternate Marine Park (TMP) in Caylabne Beach Resort last May 17.
The almost 160 square meter coral garden was found approximately 20 meters away from the seashore and is 26 feet deep, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO)-Cavite Development Management Officer II Andrea Panganiban said in a The Manila Times report.
The dive was primarily intended for the installation of marker buoys to protect the core zone of TMP which was part of the local government’s two-day activity for the celebration of the Month of the Ocean.
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The aquaculture discovery was headed by Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS) Dive Instructor Gerard Galza and Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Course Director Mario Elumba.
The LGU and other environmental groups believed that this will lead to boost eco-tourism and aqua diversity.
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Meanwhile, Oceana Philippines, a non-profit organization, furthered that this discovery in TMP is proof that the Manila Bay is not dead.
“Besides plastic pollution, several reclamation projects threaten Manila Bay. If these won’t be stopped soon, we could totally destroy what remains of the Bay’s ecosystem,” Oceana Philippines said on their Facebook post.
Thumbnail photo via Ternate Marine Park.