SAragoni Bay, home to the country’s richest water and tuna industry, recently marked another milestone when it celebrated its 24th year as a shipwreck.
On this occasion, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in collaboration with the Protected Area Management Board, highlighted the first Conservation Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) Saturday to highlight its coastal and marine resource conservation and conservation efforts. started.
The bay was declared a safe location by former President Fidel Ramos in 1996 under Proclamation No. 756, covering an area of 215,950 hectares.
Held in General Santos City and different parts of Sarangani, the weeklong observance included maritime species exhibits and simultaneous bay cleansing in which 68 beaches, businesses and tourism organizations participated on the coast. Was.
Diving safari and underwater photography competitions took place in Matam, Kiamba and nearby towns, showcasing the emerging scuba diving sites of Sarangani. First in the 3-day photo tilt was Brecht Guarnese of General Santos City and East Pardello of Davao City, who won wide and macro categories, respectively.
Refrigerating activities include a 3-day environmental forum and enforcement summit, trash art, mass dance and logo-making contests and SBPS ambassador finds.
Announced as a scuba diving haven in southern Mindanao in 2017 by the Department of Tourism, the bay was also listed as an important marine biodiversity area with 2,293 hectares, 60 important live coral genera, 411 reef species, and 11 varieties of seagrass.
DENR has also monitored a number of dolphin species, killer whales, dwarf and chicken sperm whales in the bay, which confirms its biodiversity.
Due to the success of the event, the SBPS Protected Area Management Board approved a resolution March 5 calling it the annual SBPS Day, and local government units, major stakeholders, and partners. Directed the organizations to take part in the celebrations.
Sarangani Governor and PAMB Vice Chair Steve Solon praised the first celebration, saying it was committed to protecting the Gulf as a haven and a source of life and life in the surrounding areas. Is a symbol.
He said that the provincial government is a key stakeholder in the protection of the Gulf ecosystem through its solo calicas program and the Center for Environmental Protection and Protection.
Embracing approximately 22 224 km of coastal road, this bay hosts the General Santos City Fish Port Complex, Fisherfolk Village, Beach Resorts, Coal Energy Power Plant, shipyards, marine parks and conservation sites and aquaculture farms. ۔
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