LAOAG CITY PLANTS ARTIFICIAL REEF

In a move to boost fish production in the city, Laoag government officials led by Mayor Chevylle V. Farinas successfully requested for artificial coral reefs. These were delivered and planted on August 11, 205 along the shores of Barangay Caaoacan i this city.

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The planting of the artificial reefs was attended by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Provincial Officer Mr. Roy Gonzales, officials from the Department of Agriculture (DA), Barangay Caaoacan officials and fisher folks, and other nearby barangay officials. Mr. Gonzales said the artificial reefs are very effective as has been proven in their pilot project in Currimao, Ilocos Norte. He explained that planting of the reefs must be a kilometre away from the shoreline and must have three units in every module forming a triangular shape.

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Barangay Caaoacan Chairperson Aurelio Arcano thanked the City government for initiating this project. For his part, Laoag City Agriculturist Oscar Recta said he believes there would be an increase from 15 to 20 percent fish production as a result of the planting of the artificial reefs. He added that they originally requested 50 artificial reefs, only 8 have been delivered as partial. He is hopeful that upon completion, this project will benefit the coastal barangays up to Brgy. La Paz.

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He elaborated that the set up should have a distance of at least five meters from a three-unit tripod shaped artificial reef, and a complete module should also be 20 meters apart.

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Both Mayor Farinas and Mr. Recta thanked Sen. Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” R. Marcos, Jr. for granting their request for artificial reefs.

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