BFAR distributes fishing boats in Cagayan
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has distributed a total of 964 fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) fishing boats in various areas of Region 02, including isolated coastal and island areas.
“The distribution of FRP fishing boats is part of the F/B Pagbabago program of the agency which aims to replace old municipal fishing boats and provide source of livelihood to coastal fisherfolk,” BFAR said in a statement.
To be exact, the bureau has distributed 648 units in Cagayan, 172 in Isabela, 100 in Quirino, 39 in Batanes and 5 in Nueva Vizcaya.
Beneficiaries from Cagayan and Isabela include Dumagat tribes from remote coastal areas.
As per guidelines, each fishing boat awarded has three beneficiaries. Its use will then depend on the agreement among the beneficiaries.
The boats are awarded either with or without engine, but usually come with the necessary fishing gears.
Unlike traditional wooden boats, the FRP boats do not capsize even if overturned, due to built-in safety features.
“The boats have vacuum boxes distributed within its hull, to aid in buoyancy and to keep it afloat, even if overturned,” Rodel Pasaraba, F/B Pagbabago focal person in Region 02, said.
Moving forward, BFAR Region 2 Regional Director Milagros C. Morales said BFAR shall continue to carry-out its mandate along other areas such as fishery law enforcement and conservation and protection, to ensure sustainability of resources.
This, amid the perceived rise in fishing effort as brought about by the distribution of new fishing boats.