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Seafdec and German Dev’t Service findings on Guimaras corals

September 30, 2006

WELL, my wish has been granted. There is an independent study, albeit a rapid assessment, of the coral reef in Guimaras.

Click studyofcoralreefsatsouth-eastguimaras.pdf

And contrary to Siliman University’s Dr. Angel Alcala’s group findings, this report by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center based in Iloilo and local representatives of an agency of the German government, indicates that the corals in Guimaras have been affected by the oil spill. In fact they have been producing mucus, a sign that the corals are disstressed.

So which report is more accurate? I’m betting on Seafdec and the Germans.

Source: Project Sunrise. Another study, a BFAR assessment of seagrass in Guimaras is also available on that web site.

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7 comments

  1. I think that there is no need to bet. I think that both sides are doing unbelievable research. Walang mga pakinabang na mga trabaho! The story about corals is not so important compared to people suffering in Guimaras.


  2. Understand your frustration Marie Kay. But without healthy corals, there are no fish, and Guimarasnons won’t have livelihoods right? I don’t think you’d want them to suffer any more than they already are.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and venting.


  3. Goor morning Stella. I know what you mean, but the things you said we already know…corals, mangroves, etc. There is deeper meaning to what I have said. For example lang, we do not even know where the corrals are in the Philippines, not even give a full quantification about their effects. Our Filipinos must understand that the attention given to this kind of environmentalism was too much. I know of a very bright ocean scientist who lectured about the overdoing of this act and he said that it is time to stop. Panis na daw yan na togtogin, paulit-ulit, naintindihan naman, ulit na naman. According to him, halos ginanagawa na tayong mga tanga ng foreigners.

    Sino pa ba sa atin ang hindi nakakarinig ng environemnt?

    thank you din.


  4. Think of the food chain Marie Kay… the food chain…


  5. We know that, also! VEry old story na ‘yan. Don’t you see MAN at the end of the chain, tapos hindi pinapansin kundi parati na lang ang nakakabinging corrals, mangroves. Sino pa sa Pilipinas and ignorante ng mga ito? I have a backround in biology, and that food chain story was already there before I was born! Sa sobra nating sigaw ng corrals, nalibang na tayo at marami nang patay na TAO sa gutom dahil ubos na sa projects ng corrals, etc. Siguro COMMON SENSE hindi food chain.


  6. we cannot really start the change unless we focus on what begats what. As much as i agree that the suffering of people from this should be given attention, we cannot take light of the matter that these corals and living things in the sea ar ethe main reason why people survive and depend on fishing as a livelihood. I think that understanding where all these come from and how everything connects is key for us to find solutions to this problem because each action begats a reaction. 🙂


  7. In the case of Guimaras, Marie Kay, there was an urgent need to study if the corals were indeed affected by the oil spill or not. Without a proper baseline study, no rehabilitation, if needed, can begin.

    This doesn’t mean that the hungry people in Guimaras are not being attended to. In fact, groups such as VSSQ, of which Lette is a member of, have already been helping to address this and other needs of Guimarasnons such as water, clothes, rubber gloves and masks needed for the cleanup. As also with the provincial government, as well as foreign and local donors. (Please go to http://www.projectsunrise.org for an update on relief efforts.) In fact hunger is not really what the Guimarasnons are complaining of. They just want to return to their homes and resume their old routine and livelihood of fishing, seaweed farming and shell gathering.

    Marie Kay you are only among the lucky few who has a background in biology and who can understand the link between coral reefs-fish-and the future of earth. Because if you go to the many provinces in this country, to this day, even fisherfolk, whose livelihoods and their children’s future depend on healthy corals, do not comprehend this and continue to damage our coral reefs by dynamite fishing and muro-ami.

    If all Filipinos truly understood this food chain link, don’t you think there would be a massive outpour of support for Guimaras and this story will continue to be on the front pages of the newspapers? Sadly, even the most educated people do not. They may know it, but they don’t actually comprehend the impact. For many, the environment is a boring topic and they would rather discuss Kris Aquino’s pregnancy.

    For a lot of people, as long as they can buy fish in the market, and eat it in restaurants, it doesn’t matter whether it comes from our marine resources or from abroad. So Marie Kay, it isn’t an “old story” until everyone truly understands it.

    Btw, there are maps that do show where the coral reefs are in the Philippines. Check out your nearest dive shop or your local tour operator.

    Thank you all, for your wonderful comments and insights. I’d like to close the discussion on this thread. Let’s please move on to other topics, yes? Good. Keep the peace. 🙂



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