In 1996, the coastal fishing community of Saavedra worked with a local NGO to create a 20-acre marine sanctuary. Since then, the Saavedra Fisherman’s Association has guarded the sanctuary from fishing. The results have been great: The sanctuary area is now rated as one of Cebu Island’s top diving destinations.
But after years of exposure to the elements, the guard post at the sanctuary area has become dilapidated. It can no longer provide adequate shelter during rains. Seacology is funding construction of a new, permanent guardhouse for the fish sanctuary. The Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation will monitor the progress of construction and disbursement of funds.