Macajalar Bay

Jasaan, Misamis Oriental

Macajalar Bay is a deep water bay of the Bohol Sea, located north of the Province of Misamis Oriental on Mindanao Island, southern part the Philippines. Cagayan de Oro City, being the regional center of Northern Mindanao, is located in one of its deep-water harbor. Twelve of the municipalities of Misamis Oriental share a coastline with the bay.

Towards the end of the 1980s, the Nort ...

hern Mindanao region experienced rapid economic growth due to a confluence of factors: infrastructure growth, in-migration due to rising conflict in other parts of Mindanao and increased speculative capital investments due to development plans for establishment of a new Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Industrial Corridor. With these, the environment and livelihoods of local or traditional farming and fishing communities came under massive threat and dis-location.

In the mid-1980s, Northern Mindanao emerged to become one of the three major growth centers in southern Philippines, with Cagayan de Oro City as its commercial and industrial hub. The coastal city of Cagayan de Oro, fronting Macajalar Bay, became a major industrial port and an entry point for new migrants and settlers.

From a 3rd Class City in the 1970s, Cagayan de Oro's population burgeoned to nearly half of million by the late 1990s. But rapid economic growth also spawned increased land speculation, illegal logging, sea piracy, destructive fishing and mining practices, shipping and industrial pollution.

Today, the presence of many industrial projects in and around Cagayan de Oro City, continue to spew large amount of pollutants into the bay.

Macajalar Bay News

  • Oro Urged To Protect Coastal Areas

    As Cagayan de Oro continues to enjoy growing industries and developments, the Macajalar Bay Development Alliance (MBDA) said the city must also step up in implementing policies to protect the city's coastal areas.

    During its appearance at the City Council on Monday, the MBDA pointed out that Cagayan de Oro needs to improve its coastal management.

    Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit of the MBDA said, it is difficult to maintain healthy bay particularly in the city since this is where urban development is.

    "It is difficult to balance economics and environmental protection especially in a city," Quiao ...

  • Megamouth, Whale Sharks Resurface In Macajalar Bay

    Megamouth, Whale Sharks Resurface In Macajalar Bay

    At least five whale sharks have been spotted by fisherfolk in the Macajalar Bay in parts of Talisayan, Misamis Oriental and the island province of Camiguin.

    Former Land Transportation Office-10 Director Oscar Salcedo has witnessed the sightings and posted it on his social media accounts on Sunday. He also posted some videos of a whale they saw while riding a boat.

    He said he talked to some fishermen in the vicinity and told him that there have been some observations of whale sharks and megamouth sharks in Misamis Oriental water before, specifically in the municipal waters of Balingoan an ...

  • MisOr Eyes Whale Watching As New Tourism Attraction

    The Misamis Oriental tourism office is planning to develop "whale watching" as a potential tourism attraction and a preservation effort for the species found in Macajalar Bay.

    Jeffrey Saclot, head of the provincial tourism office, said they are now in coordination with the Department of Tourism Region 10 (DOT-10) for the preservation and promotion of whale watching in the province.

    Saclot confirmed that the whale species spotted in the vicinity of Salay to Talisayan waters last week was a sperm whale and not whale shark as earlier reported.

    "If there's no holding of the ATOP National ...

  • 2-month Fishing Ban In Macajalar Bay

    2-month Fishing Ban In Macajalar Bay

    The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will ban sardines fishing in Macajalar Bay from December this year to February 2018.

    The decision is based on a study by Mindanao State University (MSU)-Naawan, indicating that sardines, locally known as "tamban," hatch their eggs during this period in the bay, BFAR Misamis Oriental Provincial Director Teodoro Bacolod said.

    To effectively enforce the ban, Bacolod said BFAR has already requested the legislative councils of all 15 local government units (LGUs) surrounding Macajalar Bay to enact ordinances for the purpose.

    The cities o ...

  • Municipal City Water Delineation And Coastal Zoning Of Macajalar Bay

    One major plan of the Macajalar Bay Development Alliance (MBDA) is the delineation of the municipal waters of its 14 memberLGUs. The plan came about because the municipal waters of Macajalar Bay are not yet officially and properly delineated. MBDA anticipated boundary conflicts in the planning and development of the areas and in the implementation of the Bay's policies and regulations. In fact, no LGU could establish its own fishing zones because the municipal waters' boundaries have not yet been clearly established.

    Thus, on October 14-18, 2013, Engr. Aaron Andro V. Ching and Mr. Edyson P. ...

  • The Mouth Of Cagayan De Oro River

    The Mouth Of Cagayan De Oro River

    The Cagayan de Oro River drains into Macajalar Bay through this seemingly narrow opening between two coastal barangays of the city: Bonbon on the west and Macabalan on the east.

    The Bonbon side is characterized by a dense mangrove area with the population located further inland while the Macabalan side is a densely populated community just steps away from the dike.

    In case you didn't know it, some years back, residents cross the river by merely walking from one side to the other side. It is because the area where the freshwater (Cagayan de Oro River) meets the seawater (Macajalar Bay) ha ...