(SPOT.ph) If you've been watching the Netflix documentary Our Planet or following updates on how human civilization will likely end by 2050, then you know that commercial fishing is one of the many culprits of the ongoing climate crisis. It has even come to a point where our very own tawilis, the only known freshwater sardinella in the whole world, is now listed as an endangered species.
El Nido Resorts, a local hospitality brand that promotes and practices sustainable tourism, is looking to raise awareness about alternative fishing practices by allowing its guests to experience bottom fishing themselves. After all, the resort is located in the world's most beautiful island—Palawan—and there's just no way you'd want to ruin that.
Bottom fishing is a fishing technique where all you need is a nylon line with a hook and a weight at another end. Without a fishing rod or a reel, all you have to do is attach bait onto the hook and fling the line into the sea. When you book this half-day activity with El Nido Resorts, local fishermen can guide you through the process and share some tips (i.e. seeing small fish near the surface of the water means there are usually bigger ones below them).
“In line with sustainable tourism trends that emphasize authentic community experiences, a number of visitors opt for this activity as a means to meaningfully interact with residents of the community,” Mariglo Laririt, sustainability director of Ten Knots Development Corporation (owner of El Nido Resorts), said in a press release.
The next time you find yourself on the world’s most beautiful island, bottom fishing might be a refreshing addition to your itinerary.
For more information, visit El Nido Resorts’ website.