Marine Resources

 Bounties from the sea


Sitangkai abounds in marine resources. It is classified as one of the poorest areas in the country; but it is said nobody gets hungry in Sitangkai.


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Fishermen unloading their catch for the market. This is a daily scene especially when Agar-Agar planting is off season.



In all of the livelihood activities , even children form part of the helping hand. Most of the m are out-of-school youth whose families lack the financial means to have them through with good education. Most of them drop out of school without finishing even elementary level. They become part of the labor force for the family and sometimes end up as handyman for others.


They may be poor but for the people hunger is a range word in Sitangkai.



Everyday life is difficult. The day is determined by the kind of weather. Windy and stormy seas especially from September to April when agar-agar farming stands still. But they are food from the sea.



Binga’ (mussels) or tahung in Filipino are plentiful and considered as poor man’s food. For the industrious one just a few minutes dive will be good enough for a day’s meal.



Imbaw (mud clams) are sourced from mangrove areas where mud is thick . It takes an expert to find them and it is not easy to catch them. They are prepared as soup base for lactating mothers.



Tulay one of the common pelagic fishes in the area. They are also part of the daily meals as they are cheap. Benthic fishes like the lapu-lapu are prized catch to be sold in cities like Zamboanga and Manila.




A fisherman heads for the market. The catch if composed of baby sharks and octopi. Sharks are a delicacy in the area as well as octopi.



Women in the island take charge of activities that also involve tasks normally done by men.



Market is informal. In here is an Elderly woman selling a variety of sea products.




Fresh oysters – They consist one of the main diet of the people in the community. Oyster are plentiful; and they are quite cheap. They are bought those who do not have the time to scour the sea. Seashell meats roes of urchins and anemones – are also served regularly and quite common species.



Seaweeds –  like the caulerpa(gamay) and agar-agar are part of the daily food.



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