The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) in Panaon, Misamis Occidental participated in the Coral Reef Restoration Session conducted by the Coral Restoration Foundation™ (CRF). It was facilitated by the Coastal Development Program of Misamis Occidental led by Board Member Eduardo Cebedo last February 23, 2021.
CRF™ manages the largest coral reef restoration program on the planet, bringing back tens of thousands of corals to the wild annually. CRF™ is based in Key Largo, Florida, USA.
Ms. Jessica Levy, CRF’s Reef Restoration Program Manager, presented various coral nurseries, rearing techniques, and coral restoration protocols which have been proven successful in other countries. Several methods in coral transplantation were also introduced such as propagation, coral outplanting, genetic diversity, and natural recovery. She also added that the prime purpose of coral reef restoration is to grow and outplant endangered species of coral to restore reef sites to their healthy state.
Screenshots of the Coral Reef Restoration Virtual Session
According to Mr. Arnel Prete, Head of the Coastal Development Program, the virtual session will be a great help not only for the program but also to the whole province of Misamis Occidental. It will help in the gathering of baseline information for the future partnership with the Coastal Development Project of the province, various government agencies and USTP Panaon in the establishment of a coral nursery and coral rehabilitation/restoration of damaged reefs in Misamis Occidental.
The Coral Reef Restoration session was participated by representatives from the Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Management Program (CMEMP), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Iligan Bay Alliance of Misamis Occidental (IBAMO), Philippine National Police (PNP) and USTP Panaon.
Acting Campus Director Leny Q. Anasco and Research Coordinator Marjho Mae S. Cardoza attended the said session representing USTP Panaon.
By Marjho Mae S. Cardoza, USTP Panaon Research Coordinator