The annual deep-sea fishing competition, which is one of the activities lined up for this year’s Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival, is meant not only to add color to the celebration but also to heighten the government’s campaign against illegal fishing, particularly with the use of dynamite.
Dubbed as the “Governor’s Cup – Deep Sea Fishing Competition” and spearheaded by the Panay Anglers, the Para Regatta annually gathers some 50 enthusiasts who are into fishing using one rod and reel with one hook.
Manuel Villa Jr., chairman of the Paraw Regatta Festival, explained that the event is being sponsored by the governor of the province of Iloilo.
The main objective he said is to “open the eyes of Ilonggos against dynamite fishing.”
The governor allots P50,000 for those who could catch the biggest and heaviest fish from within the three-mile limit of the sea.
Villa said that a kick-off ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 18 at the Fort San Pedro, thereafter participants will sail toward the sea to catch fish overnight.