LAOAG CITY—Following the construction of community fish landing centers (CFLC) in the province, the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has proposed the collection of unloading fee for fishery products. Arthur Valente, fishery regulatory coordinator of the Provincial Agriculture Office said they are now conducting public consultation with coastal communities here to solicit their support. Pegged at one peso per kilo of freshly caught fish unloaded at the CFLC, Mr. Valente said whatever amount collected from the fishermen will return to them in the form of government projects and services. In Ilocos Norte, the government has already constructed seven fish landing sites to monitor fishery catch here. They are in Laoag City and in the coastal towns of Badoc, Paoay, Pasuquin, Bangui, Burgos and Pagudpud. Mr. Valente said data collection is very important to determine the right government intervention to improve the socio-e
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