PAEMB regulates watercraft entry in Sta. Cruz islands PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 March 2015 13:57

The Protected Area and Ecotourism Management Board (PAEMB) has passed a resolution regulating maritime navigation and the passage of watercrafts in between the Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands.

To ensure the protection of marine resources and overall security of the area, the resolution prohibits or regulates any vessels, either motorized or non-motorized vessels, to pass through the channel between the Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands and in hazardous areas as determined by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The resolution also seeks to prohibit and regulate the docking of “basnig” or fishing boats in the island.

These prohibitions were made in response to illegal and destructive modes of fishing being practiced in the area.

Additionally, the resolution also sought to provide protection for vessels and maritime resources inasmuch as shoals would emerge between the Islands during low tide, posing a threat especially to wooden-hulled watercrafts.

Exceptions to the prohibitions were made for marine vessels used by the Office of the Protected Area Superintendent (OPASu)-DENR and the Protected Area Management Unit (PAMU) – City Tourism Office and other authorized agencies and groups conducting scientific researches and implementing management and development plans.

Also exempted are law enforcement maritime vessels and tourist boats cruising the Islands. — Jasmine Mohammadsali