Ilocos Norte Government Enters Tuna Exporting05 November 2012
PHILIPPINES - To augment tuna production in the province, the Ilocos Norte government entered the arena of exporting Thunnus Albacares or most popularly known as yellowfin tunas.
The World Wildlife Organization or WWF-Philippines officers Jose Angelito Palma and Jose Pres A. Gaudiano visited recently a growing tuna fishery at Brgy. Davila in Pasuquin town, Ilocos Norte.
According to Constancia E. Pascua, fishery coordinator, the two officers met with Domingo La Torere, a fish dealer and owner of the tuna fishery to introduce to him, fishing methods which suit international standard.
Pascua said La Torre can transport at most 12 boxes of handline yellow fin tunas per day, each weighing more or less 60 kilos depending on weather conditions.
“The WWF is planning to teach La Torre more about handline-fishing and how to better preserve the tunas for possible export,” Pascua added.
La Torre is a 2001 Gawad Saka National Awardee for teaching his fellow fishermen innovative fishing technologies which they had eventually adapted for their own livelihood.
Now, La Torre is a subject of the WWF’s project of improving small-scale tuna fisheries in various countries.
The provincial government is in full support of small-scale businesses in the province, one of which is the fish sector where Gov. Imee Marcos ordered to oversee progress of the said activity hoping that Ilocos Norte will soon be an exporter of tuna.
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