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High risk, low pay for reef fish catchers

(First of two parts) VERDE ISLAND, BATANGAS---Work peaks every Wednesday for 52-year-old Sandro Pagkaliwagan. As early as 3 a.m., he starts his chores, changing seawater in clear plastic bags thick enough not to tear and pumping oxygen for the live fish inside. He loads the bags onto a boat for transport from Verde Island to Batangas City by noon. It s as if (there s an occasion) that keeps everyone around busy, he said. For aquarium fish traders like Pagkaliwagan, it s a long---and painstak

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