SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: A new bay watch tower to patrol and protect the city’s 81-hectare marine sanctuary area along the coasts of Barangay Lingsat here was officially opened.
Mayor Hermenegildo Gualberto said the Lingsat Marine Protected Area (LMPA) watch tower was funded by the city government and Barangay Lingsat fund-raising, which collected P700,000.
The city maintains the marine protected areas in several other coastal areas in the villages of Canaoay and Poro Point, known havens for sea urchins, sea cucumbers, siganid and fish varieties like barangan, padas and malaga, and seaweeds turned into gelatin and agar-agar and other seaweed products like lato, pupulo kulot-kulot and barusbos.
A similar watch tower for the conservation of corals in the 30-hectare Kasay Marine Sanctuary in the coastal village of Canaoay was also installed in 2000.
Fishermen here were also informed about areas where fishing is allowed such as the 70-hectares within the buffer zone area (reserve) and the 10.4-hectare core zone sanctuary.
WILLIAM JUN GARCIA