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Plans to help develop Philippines next 'tuna capital' August 03,2020   |  Source: DA-BFAR

The municipality of Dingalan, in Aurora Province, may soon emerge as the next “tuna capital” of the Philippines, after General Santos City, in Mindanao.

This third-class municipality, situated 183 kilometers northeast of Metro Manila, currently has one main cemented road and branching alleys. Currently, it is called the “Gateway to Southern Luzon,” but soon, it is likely to become a major player in the country’s tuna trade—thanks to its suitable location.

Dingalan has been blessed to be bounded on its eastern side by the Philippine Rise (previously known as Benham Rise), a 13-million hectare undersea extinct volcanic ridge located in the Philippine Sea. This underwater ridge has been found to have rich biodiversity and abundant natural resources that offer a safe haven for spawning, while its numerous seamounts serve as a nursery zone for oceanic tuna species, including the endangered Pacific bluefin.

When previously only research activities within the Philippine Rise are allowed, about 3,000 hectares of the feature have been designated in 2017 as a special fisheries management area and “protected food supply exclusive zone,” where fishermen in Dingalan and other neighboring municipalities are allowed to fish for food.

To date, Dingalan has about 300

 

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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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