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Legazpi fishing industry looking up

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Legazpi City, Albay Mayor Noel Rosal is bent on making fishing a sustainable local industry.

A PNA report revealed that Rosal will focus on a coral restoration project to protect mangrove areas and rehabilitate coral reefs and watershed areas.

“This is a strategy of the city government to maintain an adequate supply of our marine resources that contribute a lot to the volume of our marine and freshwater production,” said the politiko.

Earlier, the city government of Legazpi said that it has registered a total of 11,123 local fishing vessels. Of the number, some 789 have been uploaded to registry of the central office of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

The city government’s aggressive registration efforts even earned it a P2 million cash prize from BFAR after it was included in the first 100 municipalities and cities across the country with the most number of fishermen registered under the 2015 national program for fisherfolk’s registration.

City Agriculturist Jesus Kallos said the P2 million received by the city will be used to buy fishing equipment. These would then be distributed to legitimate fisherfolk.