Planting mangroves in Tambobo – Marine Conservation Philippines

What higher technique to expertise mangroves than to truly stick your toes into the nutrient-rich mud and plant a mangrove sapling!

On the 25th of January, I met Evelyn, one of many members of PAPSIMCO (Palayuhan, Palimpinon, and Siit Multipurpose Cooperative), to strategize together with her the place to plant the prepared mangrove saplings in Tambobo Bay. PAPSIMCO is without doubt one of the individuals’s associations within the Municipality of Siaton that MCP has been collaborating with in numerous initiatives together with mangrove restoration.

Mangroves are salt-water loving timber and they’re an important ecosystem for conservation within the Philippines. If in case you have learn our earlier blogs about mangroves, these salt-water loving crops are literally very environment friendly in trapping sediment from upland earlier than it reaches the ocean. They’re additionally house to vital juvenile fishes comparable to snappers and parrotfishes. Apart from its function in serving to corals survive and as fish nursery, they’re vital for the area people in Tambobo Bay as a result of these timber defend them from sturdy waves throughout storm season. The mangrove forest in Tambobo Bay has roughly 23 species together with the landward mangroves. But the mangrove nursery solely contained three species as a result of we solely began the undertaking final 12 months.

Evelyn and I made a decision that essentially the most environment friendly manner we thought was to place totally different coloured flags within the space to point the place the volunteers and the area people ought to plant the seedlings. And so, we prep

ared bamboo sticks and lengthy tree branches and ripped inexperienced and purple coloured cloths to tie to every stick. We mainly measured 30-meter and a 10-meter line since we will probably be planting 300 mangrove saplings with an area of 1 meter guess

ween one another. Every meter within the line has a material that we tied to information within the spacing. The purple material point out the mangrove saplings Sonneratia alba or domestically referred to as “Pagatpat”. Whereas the inexperienced material imply the mangrove is Avicennia officinalis or domestically referred to as “Bungalon”. These two species can face up to sturdy winds, waves and salt water as they’ve variations to outlive on this harsh surroundings. 

The stroll from the PAPSIMCO teams constructing to the world to be rehabilitated is just about 200 meters. Nonetheless, if you recognize mangrove forests, you maybe additionally know that there are sharp gastropods that stay under the mud and will lower your toes, so all volunteers must put on heavy soled dive boots. Lastly, we reached the right space—near the mangrove forest as potential, and in mud that’s ankle deep. Evelyn and I positioned the sticks with flags in 4 corners and tied the rope between the flags. It regarded prefer it was setup for some type of race!

Lastly the day got here, and we’d carry the troops!

We arrived at 8:30 within the morning because the lowest tide reported was at 8:52. We had time to do a brief briefing collectively and group ourselves into two groups. One group went out and began digging and the opposite group introduced within the mangrove saplings from the nursery. There was slightly ready for the digging group since we had a tough time strolling forwards and backwards (200m in ankle deep mud bear in mind) bringing the mangrove saplings for them to plant. So we modified the dynamics, as a substitute of going forwards and backwards, we began to make an extended line and cross one mangrove sapling to the opposite like ants following pheromones.

The MCP volunteers went via an incredible race in opposition to the tide to plant 240 mangrove saplings out of the aim of 300 saplings with the assistance of the native science highschool college students and members of PAPSIMCO.

I wouldn’t say it was simple, as each step you are taking within the mud is a entice for the following individual f

Two hands forming the MCP logo

ollowing you. The extra folks that stroll within the path you are taking, the deeper you go. Thus, the saying by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Don’t go the place the trail could lead, go as a substitute the place there isn’t any path and depart a path.” This is perhaps good to know previous to mangrove planting.

We hope for these infants to outlive the check of time. Extra updates on this within the coming months.

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