LONGER PATROL BOAT LAUNCHED
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has launched its 62-footer fishing and patrol boat that cost P5.25-million to make the fisherfolk of Davao Region self-sufficient.
The 62-footer boat, which was launched last September 9, 2020 in Mabini, Davao de Oro.is much longer than the earlier version, a 38-footer vessel, and can cover a longer distance than the 5 to 8 kilometers that the old fishing and patrol boat can cover.
The fishing vessel is equipped with fish hold hatch and chiller supported with four units “Pakura”, which will serve as catcher boats.
Surrounded by vast fishing grounds namely the Davao Gulf, Pujada and Malalag Bays, and the insular waters going to Saranggani Bay, Davao region is a source of various fisheries and aquatic species.
As such, the fishing vessel is expected to enable the local fishers to explore fishing grounds beyond the 15-kilometer boundary.
“This particular model can withstand rough seas, and may be used as Patrol Boats under the Bantay Dagat initiative,” the Agriculture Secretary William Dar said at the launch of the new and longer fishing and patrol boat.The agri chief stressed that fishers must be the first protector of the seas.
“Protect the seas and protect each other,” he said.
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