For those who are interested in sea-life around their country, it is important to keep track of the situation below the water. Now, two experts from the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute have encouraged the mapping of all marine resources in the Philippines, especially the surrounding coral reefs. This is important because by knowing how large the coral reefs are, experts will find it easier to work out what the population is of first-class fish.
The findings from this should prove very interesting for those who work with marine species, and even those who are interested in the state of the country’s coral reefs, reading about them after playing a game or two of party poker. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has several vessels that can be used to do this. While they can patrol fishing grounds, they can also help experts to map out all of the coral reefs of the whole country, thus enabling valuable research into marine species to be carried out.
Unfortunately, as well as being beautiful and vibrant, these coral reefs tend to be a place where foreign fisherman like to fish. They poach on the reefs before taking their catch to their markets at home, and leaving the reefs with less fish than before. For example, this happens in parts of Masbate as well as other islands that are remote from the main areas in the Philippines. Here, the main fish species such as grouper and snapper end up being sold as dried fish just because certain areas are devoid of proper storage facilities. If more research is carried out into the state of the coral reefs, then experts can determine the real situation as far as the fish around the Philippines are concerned.?