ILOILO CITY, Feb. 24 — The municipality of Oton has installed another batch of artificial reefs on its municipal waters in a bid to regain its marine and aquatic resources on Monday.
A ceremonial installation was held at Poblacion South, a coastal barangay, with Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. as guest.
The artificial reefs deployed were 75 units jackstone type, 25 units condominium type, and 30 units bamboo pyramid type.
Defensor provided P200,000 for the building of the said artificial reefs.
Mayor Vincent Flores thanked Gov. Defensor for his untiring support to his administrations campaign to restore the marine and aquatic resources in the municipal waters of Oton.
He said with the help of other private groups and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), they have already installed 434 different kinds of artificial reefs for the past three years.
Flores said their efforts have born fruit as affirmed by fishermen who claimed that their catch have increased.
He also cited the successful holding of the Pamunit Festival in their town which has gained recognition from many local and foreign fishing enthusiasts.
Defensor expressed optimism that marine and aquatic resources could be restored in the municipal waters of Oton with the help of various stakeholders.
I believe it is not yet too late for us to recover what was lost in our seas, Defensor quipped as he urged the fishermen to abhor all forms of illegal fishing activities.
Leo Minerva, president of the Oton Small Fisherfolks Association, said their group is thankful for Gov. Defensors concern for the protection of marine resources. (PNA)