THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recently launched the Masagana at Malinis na Karagatan (MMK) or the search for outstanding coastal municipality in the whole region.
Rosario Segundina Gaerlan, OIC Assistant Regional Director of BFAR Region 1 said the program was launched to motivate stakeholders to help stop all forms of illegal fishing so a sustainable supply of fish can be achieved for the benefit of fisher folks.
She said the coastal municipalities and cities in Pangasinan already submitted the requirements for review to determine which coastal LGU will be first MMK winner.
The Technical Search Committee is composed of representatives from DILG, DENR, DA, Coast Guard and BFAR.
The criteria for selection are: a confirmation that there are no more illegal fishing reported in the coastal municipality (30%), off-season period is observed to give space for breeding or production of fish (15%), there is protected /sanctuary area (15%), and a coastal clean-up or rehabilitation project is in place to enhance the production of fish with (15%)
The winners in the regional level will be announced on the first week of August, while the national winner will be known on the third week of October (Fish Conservation Week).
Prizes at stake are: (National level): P30-M (1st), P18-M (2nd) and P10-M (3rd); (Regional level): P2-M (1st), P1-M (2nd) and P500,000 (3rd prize).
Gaerlan said all the prizes will be in the form of livelihood projects or fishery projects that will help the fisherfolk to increase their catch. (Nora Dominguez)