Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Hard Day's Work

Some days our job here is pretty great. On Wednesday,  Kate and I were given a tour of the Kasay Marine Protected Area here in the City of San Fernando. The Kasay MPA is a joint project with the City Environment Office, DENR, Provincial Tourism office and the surrounding barangays. The MPA employs divers and patrol people to monitor the coastline for illegal fishers and regular surveys are conducted to assess the state of marine biodiversity in the area. Although much of the coastline has been damaged by poor fishing practices in the past, Kasay is a successful example of how with increased enforcement and management both the human and marine communities can thrive. The Kasay MPA is home to a number of seagrasses, many fish populations, giant clams, and corals. The project also provides for alternative livelihood projects for fisherman in the offseason with the making of reusable grocery bags from tarpaulins and other re-purposed plastics.

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Our boat driver and dive guides for the morning


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Local fisherman outside of the MPA buffer zone

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Kate all suited up and ready for her first snorkeling experience. Also the only person over the age of 5, that uses the crotch straps on the life jacket.

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Kate showing off her sweet snorkeling skills
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Kate and I narrowly avoid a snorkeling collision
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Pretty awesome morning, all in all!

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