CRM

Photo credit: Loren Tihanyi
Photo credit: Loren Tihanyi

My expertise in marine ecology landed me in the Philippines, with a specific job assignment to the provincial government of Romblon to work on Coastal Resource Management (CRM). And now I am trying to address issues of illegal dynamite fishing, to prevent the over-harvest of marine species, and to educate communities on best practices for marine conservation.

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My main tasks include training a team of scuba divers on coral reef and fish assessment techniques so that throughout 2015 this new “Provincial Dive Team” can travel (myself included!) throughout our 17 municipalities and collect data on the status of Romblon’s coral reefs and fish populations. This data will then be processed and incorporated into a 2015 Coastal Environmental Profile Report, which can then inform future policies.

My timeline of work objectives include assessments throughout April and May. Data processing and report writing in September and the creation of new, large marine protected areas (MPAs) in 2016. Amidst these overall objects I do work in aquaculture, seaweed farming, and education.

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Did you know?! 9% of the world’s coral is found in the Philippines, making it the third ranking country worldwide following Australia (17%) and Indonesia (16%). Source: National Geographic.

2 thoughts on “CRM”

  1. What, please, was you marine biology background prior to Peace Corps? Was was your coastal marine training like in the Philippines?

    1. My marine bio experience coming in was quite extensive: I conducted my undergraduate research in the Caribbean studying coral reefs and herbivorous fish populations, I worked as an instructor for a sea turtle summer conservation program and I lived in Key Largo, Florida teaching coral reef, seagrass and mangrove ecology to middle school, high school and undergraduate students at MarineLab field station. I am a rescue certified scuba diver and lifeguard. However others in my batch had absolutely no marine bio experience and our in country training will extensively cover all coastal ecosystems and assessment methods. The peace corps has altered its application process since I applied and the program has become more competitive to enter. So having a background in marine bio is a good asset.

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