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PIA Press Release
2010/05/07

BFAR acts to stabilize fisheries supply in Cagayan Valley

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (May 7) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources(BFAR) has prepared several interventions to stabilize the supply of fisheries production in Cagayan Valley region in the wake of the El Nino phenomenon.

Jovita Ayson, BFAR regional director, in a report said distribution of fishing gears and construction of fish aggregating devices or "Payao" are now being fast tracked to increase the production of fisheries from marine waters on the wake of the expected drop of fisheries production due to the dry spell.

"We will also distribute and disperse fingerlings as rehabilitation measure once the weather phenomenon is over," Ayson said in a report.

Commercial fishing is defined as the taking of fishery species by passive or active gear for trade, business or profit beyond subsistence or sports fishing utilizing fishing boats 3.1 gross tons and above with fishing area beyond municipal waters.

Municipal fishing refers to fishing within municipal waters using fishing vessels of 3 gross tons or less or fishing not requiring use of fishing vessels. Municipal waters generally include inland bodies of water and marine waters included between two lines drawn perpendicular to the general coastline from points where the boundary lines of the municipality touch the sea at low tide and a third line parallel with the general coastline and fifteen kilometers from such coastline.

Aquaculture on the other hand is a fishery operation involving the breeding and farming of fish and other fishery species in fresh, marine or brackish water areas.

This developed as the water elevation at the Magat Dam is still at 157.68 meters above sea level which is still far from the ideal 177.02 meters above sea level.

Wilfredo Gloria of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Ramon, Isabela said they will start releasing water for irrigation if water level reaches 165 meters above sea level and the inflow is on a "sustaining" state.

Magat dam and reservoir is Cagayan Valley's single biggest area for fish cage operations and serves as the main source of irrigation water for rice lands and fishponds in most areas in Isabela province.

The 360 MW Magat power plant in Isabela is owned by SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP)-Magat. SNAP is a joint venture between SN Power of Norway and the Aboitiz Group. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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