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.
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.
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.