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High-value sea cucumber found in Oroquieta City

Ridge to Reef project team member and seagrass expert Dr. Wilfredo Uy, while conducting reconnaissance survey in Misamis Occidental last May 18-21, 2011, discovered high-value sea cucumber species Holuthura  scabra in the Mobod Sanctuary in Oroquieta City. The species has a high economic value in the world market and is imported by countries like Japan and China for food and medicinal use. The species is also purchased by international pharmaceutical companies for drug development.

Dr. Uy reported that the natural occurrence of the species is a good indication of the feasibility of establishing searanches for the species. The price of the species in the world market can reach up to P4,000 per kilo.

With this welcome discovery, the local government of Oroquieta City plans to expand the Mobod sanctuary to accommodate the proposed searanch development of the Ridge to Reef project.

Mobod Sanctuary is a 20-hectare marine protected area that was initially established in 1997.

Dr. Uy likewise surveyed seagrass areas in other municipalities in Misamis Occidental to assess searanching potentials and seagrass area rehabilitation for the project.

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