PFDA General Manager, Atty. Glen A. Pangapalan led the Inaugural Blessing and Turn-over Ceremony of Panabo City Fish Port to the Local Government of Panabo City. Receiving the facilities on behalf of the LGU were Panabo City Mayor James Gamao, other local officials and fish traders.

     The construction of the fish port, which is located in Brgy. Cangangohan, Panabo City, Davao Del Norte, was funded by the Nationwide Fish Port Development – Poorest of the Poor Program. The establishment of the port aims to increase productivity and income of the fisherfolk in the City and contiguous municipalities through the provision of an adequate fish landing facilitysupported by an efficient fish handling system that allows convenient unloading and more efficient flow of fish from catchers to traders and consumers.  The improved fish handling and distribution system will result to better quality of fish in the region.

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     The operationalization of Panabo City Fish Port would not only cater to the unloading of marine fish species from the Davao Gulf, which has an estimated daily unloading of 0.82 MT, but also service the unloading and sorting of fish being landed and produced in 330 fish cages currently operating in the Mariculture Park in Panabo City which is managed by the DA/BFAR.  The mariculture zone has an estimated daily unloading of 16.23MT of cultured fish.Marine species being unloaded at the Port includes moonfish, goatfish, swordtail, slipmouth and sardinella species while the aquaculture species raised in the fish cages consist of milkfish and rabbit fish (danggit).

      The components of the fish port project include fish landing and trading/sorting facilities, parking area, administration office, storage room, comfort room, power, water and sewerage systems, a perimeter fence, gate and guard house. (Henry Umil, Jr./M.T.Francisco)

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