City Mayor Ericson Singson led the installation of 40 artifical reefs provided by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office recently at the sea near Patpata Segundo and Patpata Primero.
City Mayor Singson was accompanied by City Councilor Godofredo Abrero, CENRO and CDRRMO headed by Engr. Ishmael Ganaban and Engr. Florante Galang and their respective staff, Fishery coordinator of City Agriculture Office Marites Mecos, personnel from Coast guard and barangay officials of the said two barangays.
The Implementing Rules and Regulation of Republic Act 8550, or the Fisheries Code of the Philippines as amended by Republic Act 10654, define artificial reefs as any structure of natural or man-made materials placed on a body of water to serve as shelter and habitat, a source of food, breeding areas for fishery species and shoreline protection.
Installation of artificial-reef modules in the Philippines began in the 1970s.
The main beneficiaries of the said project are the fishermen associations based in Patpata Primero and Patpata Segundo.
According to Mecos the triangle concrete type artificial reefs were grouped by five and installed eight meters apart.
She said that it will evaluated in six months.
Part of the requirement of the project is the submission of proposed management and operation plan which according to Mecos is about to be done in collaboration with CENRO.
Among the objectives of the said project based on Joint DENR-DA-DILG-DND Memorandum Order No. 2000-01 regarding the guidelines on the establishment, management and utilization of artificial reefs in municipal waters, are to ensure the sustainable development of the country’s fishery and aquatic recources. Address the concern for food security. Allow the natural regenreation and recolonization of degraded coral reefs and its environment.
Other objectives are to provide habitat enhancement and the recruitment of important species of fish, improve poverty among fisherfolks in coastal communities and develop community-based initiatives on coastal resource management.