Laoang, Northern Samar
“Fishy playtime” is usually a cool break for the fisherfolk’s children in Laoang, Northern Samar. Normally, the children help with the fishing or search for edible seaweed, snails, or sea cucumbers which have medicinal value.
On this hot, summer day, though, the people of Laoang are conducting a sea grass assessment, and the children are holding a bamboo grid used to estimate sea grass coverage. Coral reefs, mangrove forests, and sea grass beds compose the highly productive yet threatened coastal ecosystems that sustain fisherfolk life in Laoang.
Photo © 2010 Leah Ettema
Peace Corps Volunteer, Philippines, 2009-2011
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