BFAR to register 100T fisherfolks-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is set to register some 100,000 local fishermen in Western Visayas under the BFAR National Program for Municipal Fisherfolks Registration (FishR).
BFAR Assistant Director Drusila Esther Bayate said a launching program will be held at the Royal Garden Hall in this city on October 22, 2013 to be graced by BFAR Director Asis Perez and other regional directors.
Bayate said the program is expected to boost the moral of municipal fisherfolks and assured them of government support.
Municipal fisherfolks, usually called sustenance fishermen, are those fishing in not more than 15 kilometers from the shoreline using small fishing gears.
There 22 coastal municipalities in the province of Iloilo hosting fishing communities.
Other provinces in Panay such as Antique, Aklan and Capiz, the island province of Guimaras and coastal towns in Negros Occidental have their own fishing communities and some even have their own municipal fishing ports.