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Tons of turtle shells

His fascination about the is land of Negros is never lost. Fr. Angel MARTINEZ CUESTA, OAR observes:

The second most important activity in Negros was fishing which so far had been abundant. The towns generally caught the fish that they ate.

From a commercial point of view, the most important species were those from which (sea cucumber) balate was made as well as turtles.

Negros supplied sixty tons worth in 1830, $10,000.00. They also obtained from the turtles their shells with which they manufactured fans, combs, small boxes, buttons, etc. According to an official estimate, Negros in 1830 sold three to four tons of turtle shells valued at $1,700.00.

In the 1850s new fishing corrals were set up in the new barrios of Marianas (Himoga-an) and Magallanes (Sagay). They were built by immigrants from Panay, who took advantage of the shallowness of the coastal waters of Negros to build them.

The productivity of these corrals was quite high especially in Magallanes where its few inhabitants made an annual profit of $7,000.00 from this source. The greater part of the catch was sent to Iloilo.

On or about the same period, the salt beds of Manjuyod and logging also became important. These salt beds supplied all of Negros and the towns on the opposite coast of Cebu with salt.

As to the timber, it was essential in carrying out the civil and religious building program of the island. Large quantities of lumber were shipped to Manila and Iloilo. Unfortunately, logging went on without any plan whatever, so that deforestation in Northern Negros was terrible.