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By Mariquit Melgar and Marita Rodriguez


Pagapas Bay has an area of 2,930 ha. The shore has an almost continuous fringing reef surrounding the bay to the North and to the West. In some parts, the bay reaches over 200 m in depth. Approximately 365 ha of the bay is 0-10 m in depth, 817 ha 10-15 m, leaving 1770 ha over 50 + m in depth. The whole area is enclosed within 7 km of the coast and therefore, banned to commercial fishing vessels. Barangay surrounding the bay are Bagong Silang, Tanagan, Sta. Ana, Sambungan, Bucal, Encarnacion and Hukay. The program is operating in all the barangay except for Bucal and Sambungan. The area of mangroves in Pagapas Bay is 26.3 ha. In the 1950s, there were 132.8 ha but resource degradation has reduced the area to the remaining 19.8%. All remaining areas of mangrove appear dominated by Kalapinay/Api-api (Avicelruia rpp.), Pagatpat (Soneratia caseolaris) and Bakawanan (Rhisophere rpp.). A fringing reef occurs along the inshore area of Pagapas Bay with breaks at Tanagan and Pt. Baluarte. The reef descends to below 10 m, in places, to a sandy substrate. The coral cover can b

Year: 2011
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