BFAR-6 eyes Php10M for fingerling dispersal project this 2017

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By Perla G. Lena [(PNA), LAP/PGL/CBF]

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 3 (PNA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will spend around Php10 million for its free fingerling dispersal project in Western Visayas this year.

In an interview Tuesday, BFAR-6 director Remia A. Apari said that the fingerling dispersal is their contribution to achieve the mandate of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to provide affordable and available food on the table of every Filipino.

Tilapia fingerlings will be released to coastal and upland areas and are expected to benefit some 100 fisher folks. Initially, "hito" or catfish juveniles will be provided to some 60 to 60 fisherfolk. The fingerlings will come with the corresponding feeds requirement, which will also be provided free, she said.

Meanwhile, some 150 to 200 fishpond owners will be targeted for the free milkfish fingerlings with a portion of their feed requirement.

Apari said that the submission of proposals by interested fisherfolk and the procurement will be done this quarter. Two approaches will be considered in the procurement of bangus (milkfish) fries. One is to procure the fingerlings and disperse them to target recipients and another is to go on fry banking, let them grow and distribute them when they become post-fingerling.

Tilapia juveniles will be sourced from hatcheries in Negros Occidental, Iloilo and Antique while hito will also be procured.

The dispersal is eyed to commence second quarter until third quarter of the year.

The dispersal project is one of the three major thrusts to be pursued by BFAR this year.

Apari said that they will also implement the eco-system approach to fishery management where all sector will be involved and not just on coastal resources management.

These will cover governance aspect, climate change mitigation and adaptation and management of marine protected areas, among others.

She added that there is also a need to strengthen their law enforcement effort, especially in the Visayan Sea. The marching order she said is to apprehend "hulbot-hulbot" fishers and those who engage in dynamite fishing.

The regional director said that the government is still willing to swap illegal fishing equipment with the law-compliant ones under the “gear swap” initiative if illegal fishers are still interested.

In November 2016, BFAR swapped gears with 29 operators of mini-hulbot in Banate, Iloilo.