San Fabian fisherfolk get motorboats, gill nets

SAN FABIAN—The fishermen living by the town’s coastline received the initial delivery of some of the promised 20 units of 30-footer fiber glass-made motorboats and gillnets from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 1 to fishermen to help them in their livelihood.

BFAR Regional Director Nestor Domenden, joined by Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia who interceded for the funding of the project, turned over the facilities to the fishermen on Feb 27 in the presence of local officials led by Mayor Constante Agbayani, Councilors Marinor de Guzman and Alex Magliba.

Domenden lauded San Fabian for being phenomenal in protecting its sea as “it has already matured”.

“Before, San Fabian’s image was hurting its own source of living but now it is protecting it,” Domenden said.

Although the full delivery of the 20 units was not made for the ceremonial turnover, Domenden said the remaining units will be delivered in two weeks’ time.

Each of the fiber glass motorboats costs P80,000.

The gill nets given to the fishermen were BFAR’s counterpart in the local government’s project.

Domenden also pledged to give more artificial reefs that serve as fish sanctuary as he noted that seaweeds in San Fabian is a big commodity and is one of the most promising commodities that could be developed.

The fisherfolk were advised to adopt proper drying method in order to fetch a higher price for their harvest.

He cited the recent visit of the biggest processor of seaweeds in the country to San Fabian who confirmed the preference.

“They’re willing to add price for as long as drying of seaweeds is sanitary,” he said as he assured another P700,000 worth of intervention in the form of seaweed nursery, dryer and farm.

Agbayani and Domenden lauded de Venecia for interceding for the delivery of the boats and nets for the town’s fisherfolk.

De Venecia, for his part, cited the full potential of the town’s coastal area in improving the fishermen’s lot and the need to upgrade their fishing equipment and method. (Eva Visperas)

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