Good News: New species of sardines found in Manila Bay, other areas in Philippines

Good News: New species of sardines found in Manila Bay, other areas in Philippines

Manila Bay is usually in the headlines because it is currently undergoing a 7 year rehabilitation plan under the Duterte administration.

This alone is a much awaited good news among Filipinos who longs for a cleaner Manila Bay, little that we know there will be other good news coming from the Bay – a new species of sardines has been discovered in the Manila Bay and other parts of the country.

Sardinella pacifica (photo credit to philStar)

In a peer-reviewed journal article by Japanese taxonomists Harutaka Hata and Hiroyuki Motomura said the new species of sardines called Sardinella pacifica can be only found in the Philippines—in Quezon, Sorsogon, Samar and the Manila Bay.

The Japanese taxonomists said the new species closely resembles Sardinella fimbriata.

“During a revisionary study of Sardinella, 21 specimens of a clupeid fish from the Philippines were found to be characterized by a unique combination of scales with centrally discontinuous striae, a dark spot on the dorsal-fin origin, and low counts of lateral scales in the longtitudinal and pseudobranchial filaments. They are described herein as a new species of Sardinella,” the journal article read.

Reclamation projects in Manila Bay

According to a BusinessWorld report, there are 22 pending reclamation projects in Manila Bay, covering about 20,000 hectares.

An environmental group has called out the government to review and reassess reclamation efforts that they claim will have an immediate impact in the protection of marine life in the area.

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