ERNESTO TAURO – Outstanding Fisherfolk (Fish Culture Category)
Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
Conventional hook and line fishing in the open sea can be financially rewarding, sustainable, and need not be destructive to the environment.
In his 29 years as handline fisher, Ernesto Tauro employs a technique using passive gear, resulting in the capture of Grade A, export quality tuna that fetches relatively higher prices.
Tuna fishing earns Mang Erning a gross income of about P1.3 million a year, but as a rule, he allocates about two-thirds of his income to his crew. In 2013, he shared about P405,000 to his workers in salaries and wages. Minus the expenses for fuel and oil of about P360,000, fishing materials of about P190,000, repair and maintenance worth P70,000, and depreciation and miscellaneous expenses, he earned a net income of about P202,000 that year.
On board his 3-ton 80 horsepower fishing vessel called MBCA Lucky Ten Ten, he and his four-man crew use GPS technology in identifying viable fishing sites.
On-site, they use nylon cords, stainless hooks, coconut leaves, and plastic bouys for anchorage. They release the nylon cord with hook 240 feet below sea level, and lure the tuna with live squid, chopped fish and after draining all the blood, immediately put it in cold storage. They then sell their catch of yellow fin tuna, blue marlin, tanigue, and gulyasan to the casa - Percy Fish Buyer at Punta Poblacion in Sablayan.
ALEXANDER MARCELO – Outstanding Small Animal Raiser
Thirty-one-year-old Alexander E. Marcelo is pre-sently introducing organic farming systems into his farm. He uses manure from his piggery, poultry and carabao together with decomposed rice straws, kitchen wastes and other biodegradable materials for his vermicast.
He also feeds Trichantera plants to his pigs as alternate food, and a mixture of banana trunks and molasses that serve as their vitamins. For his ducks, he feeds them with Golden Apple Snails collected from his farm, along with remaining rice grains after threshing.
He collects rice straw and sprays it with trichoderma to hasten decomposition, which he then uses as organic fertilizer on his rice field. He uses the remaining straws as mulch for his fruit and vegetable garden, bedding for his ducks and newborn piglets, and the rest for mushroom production.
With the profit from his projects, Alex was able to build a comfortable house for his family, and purchase farm machi-neries such as treshers and hand tractors, carabaos, a tricycle and a motorcycle.