Monday, July 20, 2009

the seaweed farmhouses of Hingutanan

In Bohol, particularly in the northern part of the province facing Leyte, seaweed is big. Considered as one of Bohol’s most productive centers is the small island of Hingutanan. The island is politically part of the municipality of Bien Unido and is now divided into two barangays, East and West. A visit in Hingutanan would however reveal that seaweed is largely grown outside of island, a bit further into the reef. There, tens of farmhouses have been erected on stilts, serving both as a drying platform and as an entrepot of dried seaweed.

Hingutanan farmhouse
bamboo is the common material of the seaweed farmhouses

green and brown seaweed at Max's Hingutanan platform
green and brown seaweed at Hingutanan

seaweed lines at Max platform
seaweed lines being planted on the reef of Danahon

arriving at Pimpi's Hingutanan platform
arriving at a platform at Hingutanan

Seaweed farming started in late 70s and today, it is considered as a popular industry for its low capitalization requirement and steady market. There are two types of seaweed grown in Bohol- cottonii and spinosum. Both may appear in various morphological types, sizes and colors. Spinosum, the cheaper variety, is noted for its spines that are arranged in whorls around the thallus. Cottonii, is free of these spines.

seaweed being dried at Pimpi's Hingutanan platform
seaweed being at a platform in Hingutanan

weighing the harvest
weighing the wet harvest

dried fish
fish, dried under the sun

brown seaweed at Max platform
motorized outrigger boat serving the farmhouse

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cebu pictures said...

nice photos. pwede ba yan sa digicam

Farl said...

all photos are taken using a digicam (Canon 5D). if you mean point and shoot, the answer is yes. in fact the colors would typically be more vibrant in a p&s.