BALANGA City – Report of a fish holiday does not apply to Bataan. A round of public markets in the province like the Balanga City public market showed there were more supply of fish and the prices lower compared to last week.
Fishes both caught in deep sea and marginal fishing methods were selling like hotcakes, so to speak, in the busy city market. “Mura ang isda ngayon dahil maraming dating,” said Nene Robles who sells asugon, maya-maya and bambangin; fish species caught by deep sea fishing. “Ang bambangin na dati ay P300 isang kilo, ngayon P230 na lamang,” she added.
Maricel Robles, Miranda Artus and Noemi delos Santos, all fish vendors, echoed the same observation that the prices of fish they were selling went down because of plenty of fish supply. Maricel Robles said they were not affected nor involved in the fish holiday. Artus sold her alakaak and bikaw for only P70 a kilo that used to cost P140. These two kinds of fish are caught by marginal fishermen. Delos Santos was selling her fish called ispada at P120 a kilo. “Noong isang linggo, P140 – P160 ang kilo nito pero dahil sa dami ng isda, nagbabaan ang presyo,” she said.
Danilo Abrera, provincial chief of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, confirmed that there was no fish holiday in Bataan and that there was enough supply of fish in the markets.