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    ‘Yolanda’ ruins 90% of coral reefs in Phl

     
    AN environment management specialist on Friday said that aside from killing thousands of people, typhoon “Yolanda” also destroyed some fishing grounds in Central Philippines whose main income relies on agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries.
    Emelinda Abyan said that in the town of Concepcion alone, province of Iloilo, almost 90 percent of the coral reefs in their municipal waters were completely ruined.
    According to Abyan, she saw the massive marine destruction when she dove into the seawaters of Concepcion last December 8, 2013 or one month after the typhoon wreaked havoc in Northern Iloilo.
    “Based on what I saw, 90 percent of the coral reefs were crushed and this is a very serious problem,” Abyan revealed during the ceremonial turning over of 10 motor bancas donated by Senate President Franklin Drilon in the town’s fishing port on Thursday.
    She said restoring fish habitat in the province will take years since coral reef has sluggish growth rate. In an average, it can grow only one inch per year.
    Concepcion has 125-kilometer coastal length and 96,481 hectares of municipal waters –- the second widest next to Carles in the Visayan Sea.
    To get the concrete data, a non-government organization for fisheries reform and the members of the Northern Iloilo Alliance for Coastal Development are set to conduct a rapid assessment on super typhoon’s marine destruction on December 18-22, 2013.
    The assessment report will be the basis for the government officials and concerned national government agencies to craft the immediate and long-term rehabilitation plan of the damaged marine area.

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