Alfredo Marañon, Jr.
called on local officials in Hinigaran town for a stronger resolve to combat illegal fishing operations over the weekend as he
experience in the campaign to preserve blue crabs as a sustainable source of income for marginal fisherfolk.
said if only one percent, theoretically, of one million eggs are hatched that spells 10,000 more crabs that will continue to produce more offsprings as against one "bukakahan" that a fisherman will insist on selling in the local market because of its high price.
The governor said he
understands the plight of marginal fishers but related the experience of fisherman Rolando Batusbatusan of Barangay Tiglawigan, Cadiz City, whose group he
had invited to Molocaboc Island off Sagay City
to show them the thriving fishing industry without using illegal methods.
Molocaboc is a 428 hectare barangay accessible by a 15-miniute boat ride from Barangay Vito wharf.
It is part of the Sagay Marine Reserve in the Visayan Sea which is now part of the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) by virtue of Republic Act (RA) No. 9106 or also known as Sagay Marine Reserve Law authored by Marañon when he was congressman of the 2nd District.
We also had difficulty explaining to the group of Lando Batusbatusan before.
We challenged them, brought them to Molocaboc and told them to bring bukakahan crabs and we will swap them with lechon and beer, he
Marañon, accompanied by 5th District Provincial Council Member Alain Gatuslao, Hinigaran ABC president and Councilor Oscar Yulo, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Member Elmer Gasapo, chairman of the Committee on Fisheries; SB Member Fred Cervantes, barangay leaders, former Vice Mayor Nadi Arceo, businessman Rogel Epistula and his father, Rudy, of the Coastal Food and Deliveries, the company processing blue crabs, took note of the local fisherfolk's complaint against rampant illegal purseiners and hulbot-hulbotoperations in the coast lines of Hinigaran.
reminded members of the Hinigaran municipal council on the strength of RA 8550, adding that they have to take action to help marginal fishers.
also encouraged them to craft a local ordinance that calls for additional 5-km coverage to the existing 10-km radius provided for under the national law as it is allowed under RA 8550.