DIVILACAN, Isabela, June 14 (PIA) – – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Cagayan Valley Region recently brought development interventions and other programs to coastal communities in this province through the agency’s Fisheries Technology Caravan.
Dr. Milagros Morales, BFAR regional director, said part of this year’s caravan was the inauguration of the first established Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC) which was turned over to local government of Divilacan.
She said the establishment of CFLCs is one of BFAR’s interventions to coastal communities all over the
country which serve as permanent landing areas and trading points for fisherfolk constituents, bringing their goods closer to the market and eliminating the need to move delicate and easily-damaged fish produce.
“Kahit malayo ang inyong lugar, nakikita namin ang inyong pangangailangan kagaya ng iba’t ibang gamit at teknolohiya upang mapagyaman ninyo ang inyong hanapbuhay,” Morales said.
She said all coastal municipalities in Isabela province to include Maconacon, Dinapigue and Palanan have CFLCs, but only Divilacan was the first to complete the construction of its center.
“Sa pamamagitan ng CFLC, gusto nating alisin ang mga middlemen. Gusto namin na yung bulk of the income na nakukuha niyo sa pagtitinda ng mga produktong isda ay pupunta mismo sa inyo at hindi pupunta sa kontrador o kung kani-kanino lang,” the regional director said.
She added that the facility will also serve as venues for skills trainings on disaster-resilient fisheries-based livelihoods, and resource management such as monitoring fish catch and stock assessment.
During the caravan, BFAR officials also turned over 10 fiber glass boats good for 30 fisherfolk-beneficiaries, 25 units bottom set gill nets, 75 units squid jigger, 50 unit multiple handlines, 50 units spear fishing gadgets, 75 units life vests, six units fish stall and 200,000 mangroves propagules to other recipients.
Fisherfolk in other coastal communities were also trained by BFAR officials on salt making, fish processing and proper steps to consider in marine mammal stranding response. (ALM/MDCT/PIA-2)
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