Cebuano artisanal fisher wins international awards
A fisherman from San Remigio, Cebu, who almost lost his life fighting illegal fishers in Tañon Strait, was recently declared as one of winners at the 2018 Ocean Awards, which was conducted by two international groups that are both based in the United Kingdom.
Norlan Pagal, 49, was particularly recognized by Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) and Boat International for being a ‘local hero’ and a devoted community leader on marine conservation.
Now on its third year, the Ocean Awards recognizes and rewards those that share Boat International’s commitment to fixing the largest solvable problem on the planet – the crisis in the oceans.
Pagal and four other awardees in the area of science, innovation, visionary, and public awareness, were announced in the June 2018 issue of Boat International.
The award was presented to Pagal during a recent fisherfolk forum in Cebu City that was attended by fellow fishers from eight coastal communities along Tañon Strait, a protected seascape between Cebu and Negros.