Mayor Tria grants wish of Magsaysay fishermen for hook and line gear

Twenty-five registered (25) fishermen had their wish granted by Magsaysay Mayor Jun Jun Tria for ‘hook and line’ fishing gear, July 8.

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Each of them receive two (2) sets of hook and line gears colloquially known as ‘Kitang’.

One set includes Hook #564, Nylon #0.55, and #80. While the other set consists of Hook #557, Nylon #100, and #120.

According to Municipal Agriculture Office of the Municipality of Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro, the fishermen actually requested said gears from Mayor Tria, which the latter granted.

Mayor Tria is hopeful that the hook and line gears will help improve his constituent’s contribution to the local economy with increased production in fish catch.

According to South East Asian Fisheries Development Center, hook and line is one of the most common fishing gear for both the municipal and commercial sectors.

It rank sixth (6 th ) by producing 24,270 mt or 2.72% in commercial fisheries production in 1995. Troll line and longline also contributed 883 mt (0.10%) and 4,019 mt (0.43%) respectively. In the municipal sector, hook and line is the second most productive gear producing 187,502 mt or 23.87% of the sector catch in 1995. Longline, Troll line, Jigger and pole and line contributed 24,885 mt (2.10%), 11,660 mt (1.48%), 8,847 mt (1.33%) and 6.22 mt (0.08%) respectively.

Meanwhile, under Republic Act 10654, or the Amended Fisheries Code, municipal waters are areas covered within 15 km from the coastline, including offshore islands. Only fishing boats — weighing less than 3.1 gross tons which use non-destructive, passive gears such as hook and line, and gill nets — are allowed to fish within municipal waters.

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Source: Magsaysay Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO)

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