The first time I had heard about Bohol was when an English couple in Batad tried to help me find local NGO's by trying to remember initiatives that they might have passed on their travels. They mentioned a local kayak company that was operating on the island of Bohol, that was slowly seeing its beloved river of mangroves and fireflies disappear, largely due to the damaging impact of a competing motorboat tourist company. I traveled down to take a visit.
The fireflies in the mangroves are an indication of its health and unfortunately every year there are less and less fireflies present, presumably caused by the increasing amount of waves and wash generated by the motorboats, slowly eroding the mangroves. The boats carry tourists who all want to take a peak at these tiny wonders of nature, without the trouble of paddling in a kayak. Unfortunately there was not much the kayak company could do. "The motorboat company's owner is friends with the mayor," my guide said. But it's not just the motorboats that add to the degradation of the mangroves, also the increase of tourism has seen closer roads built and the increase of social media has seen an ever increase of flash photography.
Light is pteroptyx macdermotti's primary method of communication, it's how they find a partner. The more light there is, the harder it becomes to communicate - thus the harder it becomes to find their "forever". They don't have a whole lot of time to find the 'one', about a month of shining on the aerial dance floor before their time is up.
Currently awaiting a strategy from Kayak Asia on how best to protect these mangroves whereas Fair Photo might be able to help.