SAVE RICH ECOSYSTEM | New species of sardines discovered in Manila Bay, other areas

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MARCH 22, 2019 – Contrary to claims that it is dying, a study shows that the Manila Bay is alive and well. In fact, two foreign scientists have discovered that it harbors a new sardine species.

A study by Japanese taxonomists Harutaka Hata and Hiroyuki Motomura has revealed a new species of sardines called Sardinella pacifica which can be found only in Quezon, Sorsogon, Samar and the Manila Bay.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources identified the Manila Bay as a spawning area for the species of sardines.

The discovery has prompted a renewed call for the president to review and assess projects submitted to the Philippine Reclamation Authority which can result in irreversible damage to the ecosystem.

Environmental groups like the Kalikasan Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA), and Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC) and private companies like Oceana are holding an event on March 26-27 called a People’s Summit on Reclamation to discuss the relevance of the scientific study in current government projects in the Manila Bay.

“We appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to stop all reclamation projects lined up in Manila Bay. This can be the legacy of your administration — that you were able to save the rich ecosystem of Manila Bay that carries national and natural heritage significance, especially with the discovery of this new sardine species in Philippine waters,” said Oceana’s Atty. Gloria Estenzo.