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Coral transplantation at Tuka Marine Park and Beach Resort

KIAMBA, Sarangani (August 25, 2020) – Divers from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, together with volunteers from the Provincial Information Office, Municipal ENRO of Kiamba, and some locals conduct coral transplantation on August 17 at Tuka Marine Park and Beach Resort. According to Michelle Polistico, Environmental Management Specialist II, coral transplantation is when “we collect yung mga loose coral fragments, kanang mga nangaputol due to waves or natamakan sa tao, and then itanom kasi may possibility na mabuhi pa sya ulit and develop into new colonies.” In the 2-week activity which happened on August 5-18, Polistico said the team has successfully transplanted some 1,400 fragments of branching corals 15 ft. underwater. Polistico also said the transplantation was done in Tuka because in the previous years, the corals in the area have been “damaged due to the coral predator or the crown-of-thorns starfish.” “Actually kung tabangan nato siya, mas paspas siya maka-recover, specially karon na open na for tourism ang Tuka,” she added. (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr. – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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