Holy icons used in protecting country’s lone double barrier reef

Posted: 10/05/2011 in all marine news

Manila Bulletin – 

Local government officials in a Bohol town have resorted to using religious images to prevent blast fishers from further ruining the country’s only double barrier reef.

This solution was devised by the local government of Bien Unido, a fairly young town located in northeastern Bohol, some 108 kilometers away from Tagbilaran.

The town, with fishing as the primary livelihood source for its 32,000 residents, is known for its devotion to the Holy Child and the Virgin of Fatima and, in an effort to keep dynamite fishers from further destroying the Danajon Double Barrier Reef, local officials led by Mayor Rey Nino Boniel, have submerged religious images of both religious patrons down in said reef.

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