A day in a life of the regular routine of the fishermen in a harvest of Shellfish in Cavite, Bacoor.
Mussel farms in Bacoor are generally owned by small-business operation, resulting to be passed on to their children as they learn to harvest shellfish at young age.
Fishermen on the way to harvest shellfish at morning.
Baby mussels showed by a fisher folk during a harvest from the shellfish farm.
A fisherman's child floats by the river where Bamboo floats to make fishing boats for harvesting shellfish to be sold in the market.
Fisher folk sleeps on a bamboo supply while delivering the woods to one station from the other.
Due to the proximity of these two towns to Metro Manila markets and the availability of land and water transportation facilities, marketing of oysters is not a problem but present demand for mussels still exceeds supply.
Cultivation of mussels in the country started in Bacoor Bay in Bacoor and Kawit towns in the province of Cavite.
Boats are made from "kawayan" or Bamboo collected by fishermen during the morning. These bamboos are also made for cultivating shellfish through stake technique.
Sales lady sprinkles water on the mussels at market place during after morning harvest. Mussels are sold in about 20-50 php per kilo depending how bountiful the catch is.
Child collects trash and odds and ends in the river, sometimes he finds trinkets and coins.
Fisherman separates the bad ones from the good ones after harvest
Hanging method - the cultches installed in the shellfish plots consists of mussels shells strung in ropes of a certain length depending upon the height of the water column where they are to be installed. Holes are punched at the centre of the mussel shells by means of a nail. The holes are just big enough for the polyethylene rope to pass through. The mussel shells are spaced at intervals of 12 cm by means of knots made on the line
Bamboo trunks serves as a stake for the mussels to cultivate. The tips of the stakes usually extend above the low water mark by about one-half meter
Bamboo stake with mussels, freshly picked and unharvested. Sadly the bamboo poles used in mussels farming accelerate the deterioration of the environment by acting as barriers to the free flow of silt.
The boat moves by short distance from one bamboo stake area to the other via pulling, performed by a fisherman.
Fisher folk harvest a net full of shellfish after a dive from the river, collected on the bamboo stakes.
Fisherman inhales air to go dive and collect the shellfish cultivating in the river. Stake method - the basal portions of mature bamboos are used. The length of bamboo trunks depends upon the water depth at the farm site. They are arranged at 1.0 m interval. The tips of the stakes usually extend above the low water mark by about one-half meter.
Fisher folk rises from the river harvested a net full of oysters ready for cleaning.
Fishermen going home for lunch and afternoon break after the morning harvest as they travel through the horizon of Makati Buildings.