Antique wants tighter control of tuna, blue marlin sold outside province
A local ordinance is being pushed by the Antique Provincial Board and this capital town to regulate the transport of quality fish outside the province.
Rey Quistorio, Fish Section head of the Dalipe trade center here, said that they could barely buy good quality fish like tuna and blue marlin from the fishermen because these were shipped to the canning factories in Cebu or Manila for export.
“What are left for us are only small fish of low quality,” he said in the local dialect.
He added that fishermen preferred exporters because of the higher buying price they offered to the fishermen.
The vendors, in a bid to compete with the exporters, have to match the offer which in turn results to higher price of fish being sold in the market.
“We need an ordinance that would limit the shipment of fish by exporters outside Antique,” Quistorio said.
San Jose de Buenavista Municipal Councilor Fornier Israel said that he was willing to sponsor the resolution. “Not only for fish but also the prices of meat and pork have gone up,” Israel said.
Darcy Bunggay, San Jose de Buenavista Municipal Economic Enterprise and Development Officer (MEEDO), said that from December to January, the price of fish went up not only because of the southwest monsoon (Amihan) but also because of the high demand during the festivals like the Ati atihan, Dinagyang and even Sinulog that siphoned the fish and meat products from Antique. (PNA)