Boracay Island, Aklan — Significant growth has been seen in the marine ecosystem of this resort island attributed to the ongoing reef rehabilitation project of a local non-government organization.
Live corals in the island have increased due to the continued “reefurbishment” activities in different reef areas here conducted by the Boracay Foundation Incorporated (BFI).
Coral “reefurbishment” is one activity conducted in line with BFI’s Coastal Resource Management Project under its Boracay Beach Management Program (BBMP).
The project’s main goal is to improve and increase the marine life, especially the coral reefs of Boracay damaged by natural occurrences such as storms and human activities due to the island’s tourism.
The project involves transplantation of coral fragments collected from damaged and dislodged corals.
These fragments are then allowed to grow in the coral nursery for three to four months before they are transplanted underwater.
“Through the project, number of live corals in the island increased by 15 to 20 percent per year since 2015,” BFI stated.
To further allow coral growth, the group has also installed a number reef domes in two coral gardens being monitored by BFI.
Meanwhile, in line with the group’s upcoming 20th anniversary, BFI will lead an underwater cleanup on May 15.
The cleanup will be conducted with members of the Boracay Business Administration of Scuba Shops (BBASS), Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy, Boracay Tourist Assistance Center and the local government unit of Malay.
Founded in 1997, BFI is composed of over 150 members representing Boracay’s leading establishments including resorts, hotels, restaurants, water sports stations, market stalls, airlines, banks, island organizations, local residents and expatriates.