The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) in Ilocos Norte has launched program that will provide 62-footer fiberglass reinforced plastic handling fishing boats to four local fisherfolk of the province.
“This is a dream come true for the fisherfolk of Currimao as they will be able to go fishing farther to catch tuna and salmon among others, thus, increasing their income and livelihood,” said Mayor Edward Quilala of Currimao, on Wednesday, September 21. Currimao is one of recipient towns chosen for the grant of modernized fishing equipment.
According to BFAR, the modern fishing vessel is worth P6.3 million. It also comes with complete fishing accessories, freezers, and a 20-foot motorboat.
“By upgrading and capacitating our local fishermen, we will be able to improve fish production, alleviate poverty and contribute to the attainment of food security,” said Vanessa Dagdagan, senior aquaculturist of the BFAR-Ilocos Norte.