FISHING WITH THE “BUNBON” IN LAGUNA DE BAY
LAGUNA DE BAY, the largest freshwater lake in the country and the third largest in Southeast Asia, has an area of 90,000 hectares and average depth of 2.5 meters. Its fisheries consist of 14 indigenous and 19 introduced fishes, shrimps, and mollusks. In 2015, the lake produced 96,042 metric tons of aquatic products that were harvested by more than 13,000 small fishers. With overfishing and siltation of the lake caused by degradation of its watersheds, the catch of open water fishers has declined.