17 fish pens in Dagupan rivers demolished

THE cold waters of Dagupan did not prevent the local government unit here to demolish numerous fish pens after a seven-day grace period.

Mayor Brian Lim, with City Agriculture Officer Emma Molina, led members of the Bantay Ilog Task Force in demolishing a 4,500 square meter fish pen in Calmay River in an area inside a designated tourism zone and 16 other fishing structures.

According to Molina, the owners of the illegal structures were given a seven-day notice for their violation of the city’s fishery ordinance, specifically, to construct structures only  within the seven aquaculture zones of Dagupan City, and should be covered by an aquatic lease agreement or ALA.

The demolition cleared a total of 1.38 hectares of illegal fishing structures.

Lim said that he will also seek the demolition of illegal fish pens along the Dawel River soon and revive the Dawel River cruise, a legacy of his father, the late mayor Benjie Lim, started in 2011.

Last July 18, the City Agriculture Office sent notices of violations (NOV) to 21 illegal fishpens in the city. (Ahikam Pasion/with reports from CIO)

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