Sarangani Bay is one of the riches and most diverse marine ecosystems in the coral triangle, General Santos City being its prime city became famous because of the abundance of Tuna fishes in the area.
in Kiamba
I have done a couple of scuba dives in the area but it was of late to see multitude of fishes swimming pass through me. Mature trevallies and snappers were a common sight of the day, a nudibranch (Ardeodoris egretta) caught my attention not of her beauty but of her size...not for macro. Indeed, it was a great welcome treat for 2014 and on hindsight, a disturbing sign to perdition. The marine life is conveying a farewell message  as the Coal Fired Power Plant nearby is beefing up its construction.
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By: Ed Yap

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The plant is built in a 55-hectare area along the coast of Sitio Tampuan which is close to the 140-hectare Kamanga Marine Protected Area (MPA).
The Kamanga MPA was established in 2006 under Municipal Ordinance No. 06-020, which made it a marine eco-tourism park and sanctuary.  It is home to species like the napoleon wrasse, eagle ray, jacks, unicorn fish, trigger fish, large schools of butterfly fish, sweetlips, snapper, turtle, barracuda, dugong bumpheads and spadefish as well as pristine fans and corals.  It is also home to many endangered species like the green turtle, hawksbill turtle, dugong and napoleon wrasse.
The clock is ticking fast, Dive Sarangani Bay before they are forever gone!


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