Focusing on Rejuvinating the Corals, Seagrass and Mangroves-The Trinity Project.
Site of The Trinity Project, in relation to the Davao Gulf.
Local communities are just as important to rejuvenate as the environment. The area will be declared an MPA and will be utilized for Eco-Tourism. There will be a strong emphasis on education for the local fishing communities and full-time jobs given to protect the area as well as provide tours to the guests. They will also be partners in products such as the Firefly River Cruise, using their own modified Bankas and being the tour-guides themselves. This is in order to make them aware that their environment is far more valuable in its natural state than unsustainable fishing.
The local fishing communities also inadvertently degraded their environment due to their practices. The already damaged seagrass meadow was also trawled indiscriminately, further damaging the already weak habitat, leaving behind an underwater desert with a very low biomass.
New methods of aquaculture will be implemented which will not only be harmless to the environment but will actually enhance the area. These will yield a far higher income than traditional fishing and fish-farming methods and provide a food source in the form naturally fed fish, crustaceans and algae, with no need to build a pond or destroy mangrove habitats. The entire process will be to wean the local fishing communities from unsustainable fishing practices whilst giving them a much better livelihood, requiring less labor but a higher, and most importantly, stable income.