Guardian of the Reef: Occidental Mindoro vows to pass measure protecting ‘mameng’

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Occidental Mindoro has vowed to pass a measure protecting “mameng,” an endangered specie of fish found in Apo Reef Natural Park.

Mameng, also known as the Napoleon Wrasse, is dubbed as the “Guardian of the Reef.”

It is also the “Flagship Species of Apo Reef Natural Park.”

“Mameng an indigenous fish found in n Sablayan Occidental Mindoro is the flagship species of ARNP,” said the provincial government.

“Also known as Napoleon Wrasse, it is an endangered species hence, DENR-PASU Celso Almazan request the SP to pass a resolution protecting it from poachers and the ARNP from the impact of mass tourism,” it added.

Meanwhile, Vice Governor Peter J Alfaro assured that the provincial government will join them in their quest to protect mameng.

“We will pass a resolution to support the conservation of our flagship species like the Mameng and help preserve our environment,” Vice Governor Peter J Alfaro assured PASU Almazan.

Meanwhile, SP Board Members who were present “agreed in principle” to support such measure for the preservation of the province’s natural and God-given resources.