Fish port opens in Camarines Sur
The P46.3-million Sabang Fish Port Development Project was inaugurated Thursday, which seeks to construct a fish port terminal and a cold storage facility in Camarines Sur.
The project, which was inaugurated by President Aquino, is expected to benefit local fishermen, fish brokers, construction suppliers, and the local population.
The Sabang, Calabanga Fishport Cold Storage Facility, which was completed last February, was built to boost government initiatives in spurring economic activities to resolve poverty.
A 2013 feasibility study in Calabanga showed there are 1,271 fishing bancas in the municipality, including 19 commercial fishing vessels, 724 motorized and 52 non-motorized fishing vessels.
The study also showed that there are 14 hectares of freshwater fishponds, with a total production of about .08 metric ton a day.
Fishing activities in the area yield an estimated 14.6 metric tons of fish a day.
Of the entire volume of fish catch, about 99 percent comes from marine fisheries and 1 percent from aquaculture fisheries.
Some 90 percent, or 12.3 metric tons a day of the total volume produced, are unloaded in Calabanga while fish trading is conducted along the road.
The construction of the fish port and cold storage facility in Calabanga will address numerous problems in fish handling and distribution, as well as improve fish quality.
President Aquino said crabs, which are among Calabanga’s major products, could be processed in the municipality and this would create more jobs.