DAGUPAN CITY — Some 900 units of illegal fish pens have already been removed from Dagupan’s river systems as part of the continuing war against the contraptions.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, in her State of the City Address (SOCA) held at the CSI Stadia on Monday, said these were removed by the group Task Force Bantay Ilog aimed at abating water pollution as the fish pens obstruct the flow of water to and from the Lingayen Gulf.
Pollution is caused by the tons of feeds unloaded in these pens by their owners. A substantial portion of the feeds will rot and will eventually pollute the water.
The campaign against illegal fish pens in all rivers started when Fernandez became mayor in mid-2013 and is continuing until now.
By virtue of a city ordinance, fish pens are now banned in rivers and waterways of Dagupan City. However floating fish cages in limited sizes as well as fish traps owned by small fishermen are still tolerated.
Fernandez said most of the fish pens removed were installed and tolerated when she was not yet at the helm of the city government.
At the same time, Fernandez announced that some 400 tons of various debris were also removed from the rivers of the city as part of the program to clean all waterways.
At the same time, she announced the ongoing desilting of the Calmay River using two dredging machines loaned to the city by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). lvmicua/PNA-northboundasia.com