September 22, 2021
Philippines to destroy 492 illegal aquaculture sites in Manila Bay
A total of 492 illegal aquaculture structures that include fish cages, pens, traps, or baklads, and oyster and mussel farms in the Philippines' Manila Bay area have so far been marked for demolition in four coastal towns of Cavite, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.
These include a total of 333 structures in Cavite City and 159 in Kawit and Noveleta.
DENR, together with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Office (PENRO) of Cavite started marking the illegal structures for demolition on September 15, a week after momentarily postponing the dismantling activity.
According to the DENR-Calabarzon Office, marking the illegal structures for demolition is still ongoing.
Affected structures neither have permits nor records with concerned local government units, according to DENR.
The actual demolition, which was earlier scheduled on September 7, will be conducted after marking activities is completed.
Early in July 2021, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu ordered DENR- Calabarzon to regulate illegal aquaculture structures in Manila Bay in view of the huge amount of bamboo poles from fish pens, fish cages and baklads/sapras washed from Cavite waters into the shore of Manila Bay due to the recent southwest monsoon.