After many decades of wanton destruction of the live coral cover because of flagrant human neglect and abuse, only about 12 percent of living coral cover remains in the areas of the coastal communities around Port Barrera in Aroroy, Masbate as revealed in recent studies conducted in the area. This is a picture of a dying situation of the 129-hectare marine ecology in that coastal part of the Province. A replica of almost all coastal waters in the country.
Rays of hope dawned, however, when the Masbate Gold Project partnered with the Municipality of Aroroy in the establishment of the Colorado Marine Protected Area (CMPA) in Sitio Colorado, Barangay Tigbao, Aroroy Masbate.
The partnership initiated the community-based rehabilitation of the delineated marine protected area with the adoption and use of the environmentally-friendly and sustainable method of coral reef regeneration called the Reef Ball Project. The reef ball that could withstand against all odds through time and an artificial reef module similar to that of the natural reef.
Launched in 2017 with the awareness and support of the concerned coastal residents, the project has shown remarkable success that the partnership expects to produce were corals using the same technology.
This is a case everybody including the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. V should be proud of as this project best exemplifies the promotion of responsible mining towards sustainable environment.
Indeed, a public-private project to replicate!