The Coastal Resource Management (CRM) Program of the Provincial Government has grew 2,000 locally-produced clams.

Bohol Provincial Environment Management Office (BPEMO) Division head Vil Inguito-Pelindingue reported on Friday’s Capitol Reports.

Of this, over a thousand remain after suffering from damages from Typhoon Odette at the Ubay hatchery.

A number of these locally-produced juvenile clams have been deployed in Anda and restocked in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Albur, Anda and Loon.

The clams are dispersed in MPAs as studies have shown these help enhance reefs and help promote biodiversity.

Bohol currently has 182 MPAs with marine sanctuaries in all 30 coastal LGUs, one of the most number in the country.

CRM is one of priority programs of the Provincial Government which focuses on the protection, conservation and sustainable management of coastal and marine resources.

BPEMO head Tata Ganub said they are working closely with coastal LGUs, relevant national line agencies and People’s Organizations (POs).

Among top priorities include the strengthening of Danajon Bank Double Barrier Reef Management Council, reconstitution of the 8 Coastal Law Enforcement Councils (CLECs), and reactivation of MPA networks such as in the Duero-Guindulman-Jagna-Anda area.