THE province of Antique gets to showcase its rich marine biodiversity when it hosts the 1st International Sports Fishing Tournament in May.
“Sports fishing is another tourism product that we are promoting. When they go to Antique, they can experience fishing onboard a fishing boat,” said Flord Nicson Calawag, president of the Antique Eco-Tourism Association (AETA).
The tournament, set on May 2-3, has two categories: amateur and professional anglers and registered municipal fisherfolk. Participants may use traditional trolling and bait fishing.
Calawag said the participants will experience 12 hours of fishing from the coastal waters of Tibiao municipality to as far as Seco Island, 21 kilometers away from the town’s shore.
The anglers with the heaviest fish catch will bring home the P50,000 prize while the first and second runners-up will get P30,000 and P20,000, respectively.
For the registered fisherfolk category, winners will receive P20,000, P15,000, and P10,000 for the champion, first and second runners-up, respectively.
Calawag said they were inspired to push for the tournament as the supply of fish has become abundant in their coastal waters following the strict enforcement of fishery laws by the provincial government, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Philippine Coast Guard.
“This is very unique. We have participants from (the) US (United States) and other Asean (Association Southeast Asian Nations) countries,” he said, adding that they also have preventive measures for the guests amid the threat of the coronavirus disease. (with a report from PNA/PN)