Artificial reef eyed for damaged marine reserve in Dauin, Negros Oriental
July 17, 2010 1:56 pm
DUMAGUETE CITY, July 16 – An artificial reef will soon be installed in the damaged Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Barangay Maayong-tubig, Dauin in Negros Oriental after it was accidentally plowed by a cargo vessel M/V Lorcon Davao of Lorenzo Shipping Lines last June 18.
According to Vice Mayor Rodrigo Alanano, the manager of Lorenzo Shipping, Rene Renacia, has presented to him a proposal to put up an artificial reef in the damage area of the sanctuary using a used container van.
The proposal was made after the shipping company admitted that their vessel has committed a grave violation for entering a marine protected zone.
Biggs Eggert, manager of Atlantis Beach Resort, explained proper placement of the container van underwater so that the soft and hard corals could slowly grow.
According to Eggert, both sides of the container van must be opened to provide fish enough space to move around. A window will be placed in another part of the container van so sunlight, which is essential for the corals to grow, could penetrate.
The design created by Eggert will need at least eight container vans. There will also be a need for 100 fiber glass floating markers and 1,200 meters of rope for the floating markers.
Vice Mayor Alanano clarified that he has asked the Community and Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Mario Aragon if the container van would be suitable to be used as artificial reef. He said Aragon commented that container vans are among the approved artificial reef provided it is properly cleaned of rust and oil that might contaminate the sanctuary.
Alanano, however, clarified that they will still be filing a case before the Maritime Industry Authority against the captain of the cargo ship that plowed through the coral reefs in the marine protected area. (PNA) LAP/jfp/Maricar Aranas