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Zambo City all set for massive mangrove planting.

Zamboanga City -- The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in this city will embark on a massive planting of mangroves in at least three coastal villages of this city in an effort to revive the spawning site, habitat and sanctuary of tropical and reef fish found along the coast of the city.

Zamboanga City CENRO chief Ben Acana said his office has allotted some P6.8 million for the massive planting of mangroves propagules in at least 800 hectares along the coastline of the villages of Talon-Talon, Tigtabun and Pilas island.

Acana explained that his office has enough supply of propagules which they produce at their 400-hectare nursery site.

Acana cited the importance of planting mangroves along the coast of the city considering that mangrove swamps can help protect coastal areas from erosion, storm surge, and tsunamis.

He said mangrove areas here should be protected at all times since the area is being utilized by tropical fish as their habitat and sanctuary in laying eggs.

"If you notice, the city is now abundant in mud crabs, shrimps and even lobsters. These sea creatures can only be found when our coastal site has enough mangroves trees," Acana said.

According to Acana, his office will tap the services and assistance of village officials in the implementation of the program to ensure its success.

"The planting of propagules will be done by local residents of the village who will form themselves into a cooperative to undertake the project," he said.

Once established, mangrove roots provide an oyster habitat and slow water flow, thereby enhancing sediment deposition in areas where it is already occurring.

The mangroves' massive root systems help in dissipating wave energy and slowing down tidal water.

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Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Jan 20, 2014
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