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The Online Magazine for Sustainable Seas
October, 1998 Vol. 1 No. 10

Local Action

   News About
the CRMP







CRMP’s work in Palawan focuses on San Vicente, 180 km from Puerto Princesa. Known to the outside world primarily for its 14-km White Beach, San Vicente is, to CRMP, a rich ground for instituting programs in coastal resource management. This municipality northwest of Puerto Princesa City has four out of the 165 fishing grounds found in Palawan: Imuruan Bay, Caruray, Pagdanan and Jibbon Bay. With forest reserve areas covering 86.8% or 68,834 hectares of the total land area of nearly 80,000 hectares and a coastline extending to 120 kms, majority of San Vicente’s 20,000 residents depend on fishing for livelihood.

CRMP receives recognition
CRMP recently received a special recognition for its comprehensive plan for coastal resource management in San Vicente, Palawan, Learning Area Coordinator Mel Corkum reported. The recognition was given during the Fourth Congress of the non-governmental organization Haribon in October.
Port Barton is the first community in the San Vicente Learning Area to have completed its coastal resource management plan. "The draft plan has been completed, but implementation has not started yet. There is going to be another round of consultations on this, and the relevant resolution and ordinance have to be issued before the plan can take effect," said Corkum.
Meanwhile, San Vicente is preparing for the launching in November of demo farms for seaweeds, grouper and abalone. "We are now identifying our farmer-cooperators and have identified our project site for mariculture," said Corkum. This project is designed to create income-earning opportunities for fishers and ease some pressure off San Vicente's fishery resources.

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