Caoayan: Tumulay sa Kawayan sa Caoayan Fish Farms
When I was staying in my friend’s house in Barangay Tamag, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, I decided to go to Caoayan, a neighboring town of Vigan. Caoayan is part of the “Metro Vigan” along with the cities and municipalities of Bantay, Sta. Catalina, San Vicente, and of course, Vigan.
From Tamag, I rode a tricycle going to Barangay Pandan of Caoayan. I saw along the road was the Baggoc River which was filled by nipa huts and fish pens.
Although the breeding of tilapia fish is common around the Philippines, it’s my first time to see an actual fish hatchery. For the locals there to easily monitor the fishes, they placed small huts (others have a television set!) beside the cages. For those who have sensitive smell, beware! The odor of fresh fishes there is strong especially when feeding time.
According to the townspeople, around 10,000 to 14,000 tilapia (including fingerlings, a small tilapia) are breeding per fish pen.
From Vigan, take a tricycle going to Barangay Pandan or Fuerte for only PhP10.