DAET, Camarines Norte, May 5 (PIA) — Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Provincial Fisheries Officer Rolando P. Tiam said that they have various livelihood programs for fishermen in this province.
During an interview via Zoom at the “Talakayan sa PIA” cum radio program held May 3, Tiam said that they are distributing fishing boats through the “Bangka Mo Gawa Mo” project in partnership with the municipal local government units.
This year, a total of 50 fishing boats were targeted by the regional office to be divided in six provinces of the region.
Through the “Bangka Mo Gawa Mo” project, BFAR will provide the materials for the fishing boats while fishermen beneficiaries will build them with the aide of their technician. BFAR are providing motorized boats, with fiber glass and other fishing gears.
Qualified benericiaries are indigent fishermen and those registered at the LGU, but will be validated by BFAR. As a beneficiary of the project, fisherman will have to ink a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the LGU and BFAR.
BFAR also provided fishnets or “lambat” to qualified fishermen. This year a total of 250 pieces will benefit in Bicol to be divided in the six provinces of the region.
For BFAR’s Aquasilviculture project, they are distributing various fingerlings to fishermen with allocation of 500 pieces free tilapia fingerlings per beneficiary.
The agency is also maintaining two (2) seaweed nurseries in Caringo and Apuao in Mercedes town.
He said they are also distributing seaweed propagules to fishermen to augment their income especially after a certain typhoon.
For the mariculture park, BFAR has identified Larap, Jose Panganiban in Camarines Norte as the area for the project. This is a technology demo project which aimed to attract investors. The project costs P1.5 million in grant which comprises of typhoon resistant coil spring cage and fingerlings with feeds. The project will be given to an organization of fishermen in the said area.
BFAR also provided Fishing Lease Agreement (FLA) to 117 fishermen in the province wherein lessors will use government inland areas for their fishponds. The FLA agreement will have 25 years’ agreement with P1,000 per hectare tax per year.
Tiam announced that May is “Farmers and Fisherfolks Month” and part of the celebration is to have a fisherman who will sit as regional director of BFAR.
Said program that assigns a fisherman regional director started in 2004, and aims to recognize farmers and fishermen as partners of the government, being the country’s backbone in poverty alleviation and food security.
This year, Rizaldo Adaza, a fisherman from Masbate City was chosen as regional director of BFAR Region 5 for the month of May. He was voted by the Chairpersons of Municipal Fisheries Acquatic Resources Management Councils of the 6 provinces in the region. As regional director, Adaza can issue memorandums and orders except concerning policy matters.
Meanwhile, BFAR Regional Director Nelson B. Bien will immerse as fisherman in one of the areas in the region.
BFAR is responsible for the development, improvement, management and conservation of the country’s fishery and aquatic resources.
Tiam explains that the bureau enforces all fishery laws and regulations governing conservation and protection of fisheries and aquatic resources.
“It is also responsible in issuing license of commercial fishing vessel with 3.1 gross tonnage and above, leasing of fishponds and license of crews,” Tiam added.
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