Bantayan island is one of the major producers of dried fishes specially the danggit of which Cebu is also famous of. danggit are small flat fishes that is abundant here. in English they are called rabbitfish or spinefoot fish. it is fried and eaten with vinegar. perfect for breakfast!so expect fishermen occupying their own space on the waters surrounding the island of Bantayan. most of them come in groups while others go out alone with small fishing boats. Cebu city and other neighboring towns largely benefit from the fishermen of Bantayan.you'll notice that some are quite unique because they wear head coverings and wearing long sleeve-shirts to protect themselves from the heat of the sun. we actually call them "slipknots" because of the rock band Slipknot, whose members wear weird masks.one minute you see them on top of the fishing boat and in a while you'll see them jumping off their boats at deep sea areas. so by next time i'll visit Bantayan, i'll make sure to buy those masks and goggles and try to jump with them. that's adventure!
others chose to hunt along the shorelines for crabs and other sea dwellers on the rocky shores of the nearby islands. and since most of the people here depends on fishing as their livelihood, children as young as six years old are already into fishing.
they spent their childhood here and treat the sea as their playground.