BFAR deploys first fiberglass fishing boat

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Danessa Rivera – The Star of the Philippines

September 22, 2022 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) yesterday launched the world’s first 62-foot fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) handline tuna fishing boat aimed at building the capacity of fishermen on a small scale by providing improved and appropriate vessels.

The newly unveiled boat is part of the 33-unit contract with Pacificfortia Marine Technologies Inc., a boat manufacturer registered in the Philippines.

Under the contract, Pacificfortia will supply 27 units of 62-foot FRP handline fishing boats costing 6.3 million pesos each and six units of 62-foot FRP net fishing boats costing 6.4 million. million pesos each under BFAR’s Capacitating Municipal Fisherfolk program.

Invented as BFAR’s first project to provide larger and improved fishing boats to municipal fishers, the project will pave the way for improving the socio-economic well-being of small-scale fishers, whose capacity and effectiveness of application fishing technologies are limited.

“This program is the product of an innovative mindset centered on modernization as a measure to promote opportunities for our fishers to realize profits in municipal waters. Bigger boats would mean longer distances to sail and abundant fish catches,” BFAR’s OCI Director Demosthenes Escoto said at the ceremony.

The supply of 62ft FRP longline and net fishing boats aims to empower small-scale fishers in municipal fishing waters to improve their catches of fish, as well as enable them to make a significant contribution to the production of tuna and small pelagics such as sardines (tamban) to improve fish supply and food security throughout the country.

Apart from this, the program aims to advance the capacity of the fishermen’s cooperatives/associations to manage the project as a business in order to ensure sustainability and tangible benefits to the beneficiaries.

“To our fishing heroes who will receive these boats, the government encourages you to remain as pillars in the initiatives of the DA-BFAR. Let us work together to achieve a bountiful and sustainable fisheries sector,” Escoto said.

The BFAR Municipal Fishermen’s Capacity Building Program is promoted to improve cooperation, collaboration and strengthen partnerships across sectors to support small-scale fishermen’s cooperatives and help coastal communities grow and prosper.

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