Lambaklad: A Game-Changer in the Development of Fisher Communities

In line with the government’s commitment to ensuring accessible and affordable food for all Filipinos, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Capture Fisheries Division (BFAR-CFD) is actively promoting the adoption of sustainable fishing technologies. This initiative aims to enhance fisheries production while prioritizing the long-term sustainability of our aquatic resources.

The San Agustin Lambaklad Fisherfolk Association (SALFA), a beneficiary of Lambaklad project of BFAR, pulls the set-net to harvest the fishes catched in January, 2023. (Photo by Ace Sapit/PIA Mimaropa)

Lambaklad, also known as set-net, is a technology from Japan called “otoshi-ami.” This innovative eco-friendly fishing gear is being promoted as a collaborative project between the government and various private sectors. The BFAR has taken the initiative to introduce the Lambaklad as a means to enhance productivity and provide a sustainable source of livelihood and income to fisherfolks in the Philippines.

Lambaklad is a selective fishing approach. It uses a combination of nets, floaters and stakes to create a barrier that guides the fish into the net, while allowing non-target species to escape. 

Furthermore, the project works closely with the local fishing communities in reducing their impact on the marine environment. It also emphasizes the importance of responsible fishing practices that not only ensures the long-term viability of the local fisheries but also encourages cooperation and shared responsibility among the fishing communities.

Revamping Fisherfolk Livelihoods

The members of the San Agustin Lambaklad Fisherfolk Association (SALFA) of Brgy. San Agustin, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro are very grateful for the Lambaklad project of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

According to Ed Payas, Provincial Officer of BFAR Occidental Mindoro, the government spent an estimated P2.5 million to build the Lambaklad in San Agustin, using nets and floaters. Payas said it took a month to prepare for the project which was thoroughly studied before finally being implemented.

Payas said, to set the project, BFAR identified the part of the ocean where there are usually a lot of fish. “Lambaklad is a very good project of the government especially if the basis is the help it brings to the members of SALFA,” said Payas.

According to Ed Santesteban, chairman of SALFA, the Lambaklad was built in San Agustin in 2021 and it has consistently yielded positive results for their association. In January alone, he reported that they were able to catch a remarkable 485 kilos of various types of fish using the Lambaklad.

“In total, since the construction of this project, the equivalent value of our last catch in Lambaklad has reached more than P2 million,” Santesteban said.

The SALFA divides the catched fishes to the members of the association to prepare for post-harvest in January, 2023. (Photo courtesy of BFAR)

In an interview with the Philippine Information Agency-Mimaropa, Ed Santesteban, chairman of the San Agustin Lambaklad Fisherfolk Association in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, extends his gratitude to the government in aiding the fishing communities through BFAR’s Lambaklad Project. (Photo by Ace Sapit/PIA Mimaropa)

Santesteban further said that Lambaklad gave them a regular income with the help of the government. Currently, SALFA officials are studying to convert their organization into a cooperative to have more opportunities to grow.

“I am very grateful to the government for this project. As for those like us who are the beneficiaries of this project, my message is to take care of it and keep working because it will help us fishermen a lot,” Santesteban said. (GATS/PIA Mimaropa)

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