Alaminos, Anda clears Tambac Bay of fish traps

May 10, 2015 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

ALAMINOS CITY – From the top of the Governor’s Island at the Hundred Islands National Park, one can see faint silhouettes of hundreds of arrow-like structures in the sea.
These are the fish traps, locally known as “baklad,” in the Tambac Bay, used to catch fish in the bay shared by the towns of Anda and Bani and the city of Alaminos.
The baklad have invaded almost all of the body of water that negotiating the bay is like going through a zigzag road, City Mayor Arturo Celeste said.
If a boatman is not familiar with the place, he himself could get trapped inside the makeshift structures, he said.
Residents of Anda and Alaminos own the structures, Milberth Ferrer, aquaculturist of Alaminos City said, but have different systems of giving permits to operators.
While Alaminos gives permit to operate, Anda conducts bidding among the operators and authorizes the highest bidders to establish baklad in the area.
Both local governments have agreed to dismantle the structures that block the navigational lane, with one from Alaminos no longer renewing the permit to operate, and three from Anda already dismantled by the owners themselves.
“But they can continue to operate as long as they put the baklad outside of the navigational lane and if they follow the allowable size for the structures,” Ferrer said.
The allowable size for the baklad is 100 x 70 meters, he said.

Both Anda and Alaminos and Anda have also agreed to reduce the number of the structures so enable the bay to breath.
“The operators are willing to reduce the number and size of their structures,” Ferrer said.
The regulation of the baklad operation, started last December, should have been completed this month, but was interrupted by the city fiesta celebration last March.
“Also, we are still waiting for the delivery of the bamboo poles which we would use to establish the navigational lane,” Ferrer said.
The baklad operation is an easy way to catch fish, with each trap catching from 4-5 kilos daily, the owners have to contend with “tibrong” or the theft of the fish inside the trap.
Some unscrupulous fishermen would come and get the trapped fish inside the catching chamber when the owners are not around, he said.

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