DAGUPAN Mayor Benjamin S. Lim has pledged to help fisherfolks from Barangays Calmay and Carael avail of ecologically-friendly floating fish cages.
Fish farmers from these areas lost their livelihood after the city undertook a massive river clean-up project last year that included the removal of illegal fishing structures that obstructed the natural flow of the rivers.
In a consultation meeting last Wednesday, Lim promised to help the fish growers procure prescribed fish cages with payment terms over three years.
The mayor also introduced to them ways of maximizing their harvests and their profits by venturing into high-value fish such as talakitok (trevally) and lapu-lapu (red grouper) as well as talaba (oyster), which the City Agriculture Office (CAO) is currently developing.
“Do not worry about marketing [your harvests] because I will take care of it. You don’t need to look for buyers because they are just waiting for us to supply their demand,” Lim told his audience.
Lim also proposed to the fish farmers to put up a cooperative that can provide assistance during the lean months.
The mayor said he is also looking at regulating the use of the traditional pen structures, which is conducive to spawning crabs and shellfish, as an alternative source of livelihood. (CIO)