By Nazario Rodriguez Jr.
Horizon news staff
The head of a working group that is studying ways on the restoration of impacted coral reefs and how to come up with cost effective measures has just completed a five-day monitoring assignment here in Palau, where one of the two sites of an experimental project is located.
Marine Biologist Iris Bollozos released on Tuesday Jan. 29 the progress report of the first year (Sept. 2006-August 2007) of the three-year project located in two sites, one in Bolinao town, Province of Pangasinan in Northern Philippines and another at the Luke’s Reef here in Palau.
Luke’s Reef, where 24 pallet balls were deployed by Surangel and Sons in January last year, is located somewhere between Short Drop Off and Ngel Channel. The site is outside the Rock Islands but not on the outer reef.
The pallet balls (limestone and cement) are artificial materials used for experimenting the growth of coals which scientists call as substreet component.
Bollozos said these had been proven to be efficient for restoration of coral reefs.
It was the second time that Bollozos visited the project site in Luke’s Reef since she headed the project titled " How efficacious and cost-effective are restoration interventions on reefs subject to a range of anthropogenic pressures? (Standardized Module Intervention and Monitoring Program - SMIMP): Palau/Bolinao.
The Project is under "Long-term efficacy and cost-effectiveness of restoration interventions of the Restoration and Remediation Working Group -- Coral Reef Targeted Research (CRTR) & Capacity Building for Management.
Dr. Alasdair Edwards (project chair) and Dr. Ronald Villanueva started this program last year in Palau.story continued