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Agency asked to start seaweeds rehab program in Guimaras

September 30, 2006

By Erwin Ambo S. Delilan

NOTING that the waters of Guimaras has rapidly improved after a month-long cleanup from the worst-ever oil spill in the country, a top ranking Western Visayas official has requested the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Bfar) to start its seaweeds rehabilitation program in the island-province.

Concurrent Presidential Adviser for Western Visayas and Task Force Solar Oil Spill (SOS) Commander Rafael “Lito” Coscolluela said he requested Bfar to conduct a special assessment to determine if the province’s oil-affected seas could already support its seaweed farming program anew.

“Then, we also asked Bfar to start its seaweed rehabilitation program,” he said.

On Monday next week, Coscolluela said a four-man team from BFAR will be conducting an intensified inspection and assessment on the output of the cleanup.

“Then, we will wait for their recommendations on whether or not the evacuees will be ordered to return home and whether or not to start the rehabilitation programs for the seaweeds, coral reefs, fishing grounds and mangroves,” he said.

(For the full story, click Sunstar, Sept. 30, 2006.)

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