IFPDS conducts handicraft training for used nets
The Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies, College of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas conducted a handicraft training from ‘used fine mesh nets’ on October 25-26, 2017 at UP Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo.
Twenty-three participants from the six municipalities Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, Miagao, San Joaquin, and Dumangas, Iloilo attended the training. Two of the women participants who were previously trained in doing flowers from discarded fine mesh net assisted in training the other participants. The first day was spent doing patterns and making flower designs.
On the second day, the participants decorated the different native base materials using the flowers they made. Each group/municipality was provided with pandan bags, buri hats, abaca slippers, buri and twine jewelry boxes, twine/abaca chandelier, and bottles as base materials. Hablon, a local woven cloth, was also used as additional accessory.
The main objective of the training is to upcycle the discarded fine mesh nets and other fishing nets into decorative handicraft items as adornments to base products. With this training, it is expected that making use of discarded fishing nets will help lessen the pollution and piling up of garbage in the coastal areas that can be hazardous not only to marine life but to human health as well. Furthermore, it can be a source of supplemental livelihood to fishers especially the women and fisher organizations.
To advertise and present the outputs or finish products made by the participants, these will be showcased in the CFOS Museum Lobby.
The training was conducted with funding support from UPV Research, Creative Works and Publication and Public Service (RCWPPS).