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More Sustainable Fishing Coming to the Samar Sea

04 October 2013

PHILIPPINES - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will soon be deploying an artificial reef (payao) into the Samar Sea.

BFAR Provincial Fishery Officer Rolando Ay-ay said that the deployment of payao will greatly help the fisherfolks of Samar.

The activity is set this October with tentative dates as the BFAR Director himself, Atty. Asis Perez will be around to assist the fisherfolks do it in Samar Sea.

At the same time, these farmers will be trained on Responsible Fishing Technology on board M/V DA-BFAR.

The training will provide them with the construction, deployment, operation and maintenance of fish aggregating devices (FAD/payao) and the importance and use of policies and regulations.

A payao is an artificial reef where the fish gather due to the algae that cling to the payao, the small fish then attract bigger ones.

In Samar’s first district, BFAR through Ay-ay has distributed payao gadgets to fisherfolks like in Binaliw, Calbayog where the locals acknowledge its help in their fishing.

The beneficiaries/trainees identified by BFAR and the municipal agriculturists are expected to prepare their counterpart sinker and center weights.

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