THE Dagupan City Hall happily announced that oysters are finally thriving in the city’s rivers.
Accompanied by Marjorie Villanueva of the City Agriculture Office, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez confirmed this in a talk with fisherfolk in Barangay Lucao.
“Our oysters are back and I am glad that the black mussel is gone,” said Fernandez and credited the City Agriculture Office and the Bantay Ilog Task Force for clearing the rivers of bamboos and fishnets of demolished fish pens.
Villanueva said 369 illegal structures have already been removed as of February 28.
“It’s inspiring to note that because of what we have done in cleaning the rivers; our oyster industry is again back. We will continue and we will never stop in cleaning our rivers,” promised Fernandez.
The mayor added the city will soon implement the zoning system, specific areas for oyster rafts, fish cages, etc., in the city’s rivers.
“We are going to set aside some P2-P3 million to help our small fisherfolk establish their oyster farm. And we hope that other fisherfolks will follow our zoning system so we can maintain the biodiversity of our rivers,” said Fernandez. (CIO/JCB)