FISH Visayas Project Enhances La Libertad's MPA Management: Marker Buoys Installed Across San Jose, North, and South Poblacion

By Mary Ruth Ochavillo. Posted on APRIL 23, 2024.

La Libertad, Negros Oriental – In a concerted effort to safeguard marine resources and preserve the vibrant biodiversity of our oceans, the FISH Visayas Project conducted an MPA Sustainable Management Training from March 13 to 15, 2024, in La Libertad, Negros Oriental. The training aimed to bolster the sustainable management and maintenance of three Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in La Libertad: South Poblacion MPA, North Poblacion MPA, and San Jose MPA.

The training program embraced inclusivity and participation, with over 99 fisherfolk association members and officers from barangays and local government units engaging in the sessions. Notably, participants successfully installed marker buoys across the three MPAs.

Throughout the training, emphasis was placed on the significance of marine biodiversity and its global impact. Discussions delved into the technicalities of establishing marine reserves and effective management techniques, including the incorporation of buffer zones within the marker buoys to ensure habitat safety.

Furthermore, an overview of the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape, one of the Philippines’ largest marine-protected areas successfully underscored the best practices of marine conservation efforts. During the training, an underwater recording showcasing the gradual growth of corals in La Libertad’s MPAs has also served as a reminder of the need for protection to ensure sustainable fishing practices.

Through the training, project partners also highlighted the importance of adhering to minimum standards and tools to maintain sustainable management practices. Discussions were concentrated on the necessity for trained LGU personnel in underwater surveys and MPAs to undergo MPA MEAT assessments to guide effective management strategies.

This comprehensive training program was made possible through collaborative efforts between the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), DENR, Municipality of La Libertad, Negros Oriental Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), DCCCO Multipurpose Cooperative, and AFOS Foundation.

Remarkably, this initiative marks a significant step towards the continuous sustainable management of La Libertad’s rich biodiversity. As marker buoys successfully demarcate MPAs, the precise areas and coordinates of these vital marine habitats are established and updated, ensuring their long-term preservation.
The MPA Sustainable Management and Maintenance Training in La Libertad, Negros Oriental aspires to achieve Result Area 1: Training for fisherfolks and MSMEs and Result Area 4: Resource Protection of the FISH Visayas Project.