TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – The Provincial Fisheries Office of Batanes headed by Dr. Ritchie A. Rivera, together with Regional Director Angel B. Encarnacion and other DA-BFAR 2 key officials presented the CY 2022 accomplishments and CY 2023 targets of the bureau in the province and laid out plans to expedite fisheries development in the island province during a courtesy visit of Congressman Ciriaco B. Gato, Jr. on January 19, 2023. 

Priority areas discussed that the Solon’s office may support includes construction of bigger shelter port in addition to the existing shelter port in Mahatao, Batanes, provision of commercial fishing vessels, aquaculture development, and other measures geared towards development and management of fisheries and aquatic resources in the province as well as ensuring the country’s national security due to its geographic location.

Meantime, Representative Gato assured RD Encarnacion on his commitment to support initiatives of the Fisheries Management Area 1 and the fisheries sector. Congressman Gato, who once served as the Vice Chairperson on the Committee for  Fisheries and now a member of the same committee said that his office will look into other means to support fisheries projects, programs and activities that are intended to improve the lives of our local fishers. ###