Mindanao Times

Test runs held on fiberglass boats of Mindoro fishers

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MANILA -- The Department of Agricultur­e’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) conducted test runs in the waters of Occidental Mindoro for the 30-footer fiberglass­reinforced plastic (FRP) boats with 18-HP diesel engines received by the 22 fishermen involved in the Recto Bank (Reed Bank) incident, as livelihood assistance from the government.

DA Undersecre­tary and BFAR national director Eduardo Gongona bared this during the “Kapihan sa Talakayan Tungo sa Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan” held Monday at the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City.

The fiberglass boat distributi­on of the DA-BFAR to the 22 fishermen is an effort of the government to prioritize the immediate recovery of the livelihood of the fishermen after the maritime incident they encountere­d at Recto Bank last June 9. Earlier, DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said 11 boats will be given, to be shared by two fishermen.

Gongona said these boats can now be used by the beneficiar­ies to fish within the municipal waters which is primary home to diverse marine resources like tulingan, gulyasan, and tambakol (skipjack tuna family), galunggong (round scad), dalagang-bukid (fusilier), talakitok (trevally), sapsap (ponyfish) and tamban (sardine), among others, while they wait for the restoratio­n of the motherboat, F/B GemVer 1.

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