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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, February 4, 2019
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Pollution threatens fish
BY RENE GENOVE

 

Do you know that many other creatures depend on the coastal ecosystem?

It is not only fish, crabs, and others that live in the sea, but those that live on land and sea belong to one ecosystem.

Fish Right promotes “right fishing,” which is fishing that achieves three objectives. One, fish stocks, food security, and biodiversity are enhanced and sustained. Second, incomes from fisheries are increased, especially among women fisherfolk, as well as the improvement of the quality of fishery livelihoods. And, third, the resilience of fish ecosystems and markets in the Southern Negros Marine Key Biodiversity Areas (SN-MKBA) against climate impacts and other risks is boosted, and these are achieved with the leadership of key players in the Southern Negros community.

The publication in 1986, titled Guide to Philippine Flora and Fauna: Fishes, Vol. IX, by Patricia V. Conlu of the Natural Resources Management Center and University of the Philippines, uses the name “barongoy” (C. opisthopus), another flying fish species that is sold fresh or dried in wet markets.

It tells us about the garbage problem, which is also our problem, and that we must all work together to lessen it as Planet Earth is one big ecosystem.

The Visayan term, “barongoy,” is commonly used to refer to Cypselurusoligolepsis, a species of flying fish that is also known by various names in the Visayas, like antulihan, eliw, and bangsi.

In other regions, they are called baling bolador, iliwiliw, isdang lawin, lawin (Tagalog), iliu, silu (Tagalog, Bicol), binki (Marinao, Samal, Tausug), and borador, tirong (Ilocano).

This fish has the ability to fly over the sea surface. They travel long distances under the sea. It’s an eye witness to the distressing and often calamitous effects of garbage and pollution on the marine environment.

The Fish Right Project covers three sites, namely the Calamanianes Island Group in Northern Palawan, the Visayan Sea, and Southern Negros community. It is implemented by a consortium of Philippine and US partners led by the USAID, University of Rhode Island, DA-BFAR, NGOs for Fisheries Reform, and the Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences of Silliman University.*

 

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