Fisher folks turn away from illegal fishing to reef conservation
Fisher folks are now reaping the benefits of a favorable and sustainable catch after years of conservation efforts at the Tañon Strait, a major fishing area which feeds millions of people in the Visayas.
“We invested P2M in fisheries protection. Today, our fishers are catching at least P60M more seafood every season,” Bindoy Mayor Valente Yap was said in a statement on Wednesday while noting that blast fishing has finally been eliminated amid earlier resistance from fisher folks who have hinged on the illegal practice for productive catch.
“Now they actively protect Bindoy’s municipal waters to continue reaping the benefits brought by healthier and more productive seas,” he added.
“Our fishers can earn over P500,000 just by growing seaweed, proving that there are many ways to produce seafood,” Manjuyod Mayor Felix Sy was quoted as saying.
A 161-kilometer strip dividing the provinces of Cebu and Negros Island, the Tañon Strait is one of the largest and most productive Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the country, hosting 63% of the country’s coral species and 14 types of whale and dolphin, while providing food and livelihood to 42 towns, cities and municipalities in Cebu, Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental.