The provincial government of Pangasinan and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources have launched an artificial reef project to provide livelihood opportunities to fisherfolk.
The project, a component activity of the Abig Pangasinan socio-economic recovery program of the province, is composed of 45 concrete artificial reefs deployed in the sea along the coast of Barangay Boboy.
The artificial reefs will serve as breeding grounds for fish and other marine resources that will boost fish production and food security in the locality, according to the Provincial Information Office.
Fifteen financially challenged fishermen were selected to be beneficiaries of the cash-for-work program of the province and were also tapped to be “Bantay Dagat” volunteers who will protect and maintain the fish sanctuary.
The project will also boost the aqua-tourism in the town that will become another source of income for the residents.