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The Buoy Project

Mabini, Batangas is popular with divers and snorkelers. The waters surrounding the area are teeming with marine life, plenty of corals and amazing diversity of fishes.

The northwest shore of the Calumpang Peninsula, from Anilao to Bagalangit, is lined with local resorts that cater primarily to local tourists especially during weekends. There are close to 50 dive sites located in Bauan, Mabini and Tingloy Island frequented by the divers visiting and staying in Mabini and most, if not all, require dive boats to access. Although the diving activity is giving a positive economic impact to the community, it has a negative impact to the environment.

Mabini has four marine protected areas namely Twin Rocks, Arthur’s, Cathedral and Batong Buhay.

The Problems

  1. Anchor Damage – Boat anchors is causing considerable damage to coral reefs, including coral breakage and fragmentation. Anchoring also damages reef-associated habitats such as seagrasses, which provide important nursery and juvenile habitats for many coral reef species.
  2. Human activity at Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – MPAs restrict human activity for a conservation purpose, typically to protect natural or cultural resources. But since MPAs in Mabini are not properly marked, human activities such as fishing, etc. are common.

Proposed Solution

Shore It Up’s The Buoy Project endeavor to provide immediate solution to mitigate the negative environmental impact of diving activity to coral reefs of Mabini, Batangas. It also aim to lessen human activity in the four marine protected areas.

  1. Anchor Damage
    Solution: Provide and install mooring buoys for dive boats.
  2. Human activity at Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
    Solution: Provide and install lighted buoys to mark locations of MPAs.
  3. Continuous awareness campaign to both local and national level.

Proposed Partnership Structure

Metro Pacific Investments Corp.

– Through Shore It Up will provide initial ten (10) buoys and will also take care of the installation and volunteers.

LGU Mabini

– To adopt the project and ensure sustainability through protection and/or providing a local ordinance for this project.

Other agencies to be involved for maintenance and monitoring:

  • PNP Maritime
  • BFAR
  • Philippine Coast Guard
  • Boat Association
  • Resort/Dive Operator Association
activity c/o agency schedule / status
Preparation/construction of buoys MPIC through Shore It Up team Done
Meeting/discussion on the details and implementation of the project Shore It Up, LGU Mabini and other organizations Done
Survey and Data Collection Volunteer Divers Mar. 30 – April 6, 2016
Signing of MOA Representatives of all stakeholders April 7, 2016
Installation of buoys Volunteer Divers April 7 & 8, 2016
Monitoring and maintenance LGU and other organizations April 9 onwards

Proposed Monitoring Plan

Designated Command Center: Mabini Tourism Office c/o Ms. Nini Casapao

MONITORING

  1. Resort Partner – to make a daily log of the visibility and condition of the Buoy
    in front of their resort.
  2. Bantay Dagat – to make a daily log of the visibility and condition of the Buoy installed in their assigned MPA.
  3. Boat Association – boatmen to make a log whenever they pass through an MPA.

Proposed Maintenance Plan

Designated Command Center: Mabini Tourism Office c/o Ms. Nini Casapao

MAINTENANCE

  1. Resort Partner – to make a twice a week dive at the Buoy to check its sinkers, lines, etc.
    Log the condition of the Buoy every maintenance dive.
  2. Dive Pros – to check the underwater components of the Buoys every time they are in the vicinity of an MPA. Log the condition of the Buoy every after a sighting.

Proposed Reporting Plan

Designated Command Center: Mabini Tourism Office c/o Ms. Nini Casapao

REPORTING

  1. All stakeholders shall report immediately to the Project Command Center any major concerns including lost.
  2. Command Center shall alert government agencies and stakeholders nearest to the location of the Buoy or those who can help in the current situation.
  3. Command Center shall inform Shore It Up regarding the issue.