12 Mar '18, 10pm

From poacher to protector: Local communities embrace conservation of crucial marine treasure

LOBO, Philippines: Sonny Badal cared little about the environment as a young man. He plundered the coral reefs near his home village of their aquatic treasures, captured fish in their sanctuaries and relished the money he made as a result. He says he was one of the most successful fishermen in the area - Lobo, a sleepy coastal municipality in Batangas, southern Luzon. It is a place where the sun shines strong on long stretches of white sand and wooden boats drift languorously on the viridian water that extends to the horizon. During the long monsoon season, clouds roll in with foreboding, unfeelingly dropping shadow and squally rain on the same boats and the men who navigate them. “When I first started fishing, it didn’t matter to me at all. The only thing that mattered to me was to catch more fish,” he said. “I used to place my net on top of the corals to catch more fish,...

Full article: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/verde-is...

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