Wary of typhoons, a fisherman in an islet in northern Cebu built underwater cages.
Florencio Tayab, adviser of Hilutungan Fishermen’s Association, said he lost all his fish pens to typhoon Yolanda.
The damage was estimated to have reached millions of pesos. Tayab also lost his boats to the typhoon.
“Human ni agi ang bagyong Yolanda, nakahunahuna ko na maghimo ug cages sa ilawom sa dagat, kay di man kusog ang sulog sa ubos,” said Tayab.
He stated that there’s no guarantee that his underwater cages can survive strong typhoon such as Yolanda (Haiyan).
But he said he believes these cages are stronger and better than his previous fixed cages which extended above the surface level.
His submerged cages are made out of seven (7) feet GI pipes as the main bases. These are buried two (2) feet deep and filled up with cement.
Josephane Lane Tabuñag, aquaculturist II of the Capitol’s agri-fishery division, explained that what Tayab made is submerged fixed cages.
She said the province of Cebu, through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, is now inclined to help aquaculture fisher folks acquire submerged cages.
A local manufacturer already have submerged and submersible cages available and these were already used in Eastern Visayas.
Tabuñag said their office plans to acquire two submersible cages as part of their El Niño response plan.
Tayab was the first fisherman who established fish pens in Bantayan, according to Marlon Marande, fishery coordinator of Bantayan municipal agriculture’s office.
He added that Tayab was also the first fisher folk in the town chosen by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 7 as fisher folk provincial director.
A fisher folk director is selected to aid BFAR in its goal to develop the fishery sector.
As of his last count, Tayab has 3,800 heads of cultured groupers, tiger fishes, red snapper, among others. He also cultured lobsters.
Tayab was also called a fish doctor by his neighbors. He said other fish farmers consult him if there are deaths in their cages.
Armed with decades of experience in aquaculture he said normally cultured fish die because of lack of oxygen and pests.