Endowed with creeks and rivers, barangays are mandated thru a municipal ordinance to identify and establish a fish sanctuary in their respective areas with a minimum span of 100 meters.
Mayor Manny Fermin said the identified sanctuaries serve as breeding ground to ensure that fish species will continue to thrive in its rivers and other bodies of water.
Fermin noted positive impact of the established sanctuaries like the presence of fish in the rivers, and he hopes that children will still witness such in the future.
In strengthening the municipal measure, barangays Pudong, Paykek, Cuba and Gadang also passed their own ordinance declaring certain parts of their respective rivers as fish sanctuary.
Some of the rivers located in Pudong, Paykek, Cuba, Taba-ao, Buclaoan, Balakbak, and Beling-Belis are the tributaries of the popular Amburayan River, according to Municipal Coordinator on Fisheries Andres Cayap.
He said the local government releases yearly tilapia fingerlings, and eel if available, provided by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
One way of maintaining the upkeep of the river is through the holding of a yearly clean-up not only of the fish sanctuaries but also including rivers and creeks before the onset of the rainy season. This is to ensure that debris and materials will not clog the rivers.
In the study of the Amburayan River conducted by Garcia, M.P.C. et al, the challenges noted were pollution from solid waste, oil spill, toxic chemical hazard, mine tailing and mine drainage pollution, soil erosion, sedimentation, and inorganic fertilizer run-off hazard. (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)
By Susan C. Aro