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Sardine factory in Sorsogon eyes December operation

November 25, 2020 - Wednesday 5:11 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image FULL-BLAST OPS SOON. Aerial photo of a canning factory that will start its operation in Sorsogon province by December 2020. The sardine factory has pre-hired at least 600 workers coming from different towns of Sorsogon in preparation for its full-blast operations next month. (Photo courtesy of Sorsogon PIO Facebook page)

LEGAZPI CITY – Due to the abundance of sardines (Sardinelia lemuru) locally known as “tamban” or “law-law” fish and strategic access to big fishing grounds, Bulan town in Sorsogon will be opening its first big-scale sardine canning factory in Bicol.

Gov. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, in a statement on Tuesday, said the sardine factory of the Guinbe Food Corporation, a known manufacturer of quality sardines, is expected to contribute to the economic activities of Sorsogon, particularly to those who will be hired as workers, to the fisherfolk in the province.

Escudero said the factory has pre-hired at least 600 workers coming from different towns of Sorsogon in preparation for its full-blast operations this coming December.

The factory will also solve the problem of oversupply of sardine fish during its abundance in the fishing grounds of Bicol and the nearby places in the Visayas.

“The price per kilo of sardine fish or law-law is dropping drastically during their abundance. This canning factory will solve this problem,” said Ronel Dioneda, a marine biologist of Bicol University (BU), who is also a native of Sorsogon.

Dioneda, in an interview on Wednesday, said law-law belongs to at least 10 sardine species that can adapt to the pressure of overfishing and changing climatic conditions.

Dioneda, also the BU Research Center head, said law-law has the ability for quick replenishment and regeneration that negates the pressure of overfishing.

“Sardine fish replenishes very fast and breeds eggs far big in number that other species, and can literally cope with the fishing pressure,” Dioneda said.

Also sardine fish could adapt to the changing temperature by quickly migrating from warm seawater to a colder area for breeding, she added.

Dioneda said Bulan is an ideal site for a sardine canning factory as its location is strategically accessible to fishermen coming from the Ragay Gulf, Ticao-Burias Pass, Samar Sea, and other fishing grounds of Bicol and the Visayas.

He said sardine fish is very abundant between November and April.

Based on its 2017 data, the Bureau of fisheries and Aquatic Resources has approved at least four fishery establishments in Bicol-- Bicol Blue Star Export Corporation in Brgy. Mahingan, Sorsogon City that is engaged in pasteurized chilled crabmeat in can; Dai-Hai Marine Products Corporation in Cagba, Tugbo, Masbate City through frozen squid and scallop meat, and comb pen meat; We Golden High International Incorporated in Mahayahay, Cawayan and Masbate City that engages in frozen squid frozen scallop meat; and, the Kim Marine Products in Zone 6 Dugcal, Camaligan Camarines Sur that specializes in frozen boiled octopus. Samuel Toledo