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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012


BFAR-12, SUCs to co-implement aquasilviculture, hatchery projects

by Omar Sabal

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA) -- Top executives of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 12 (BFAR 12) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) Soccsksargen Region recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) which binds stakeholders for the implementation of aquasilviculture projects and multi-species hatchery in some coastal areas in the Region.

Signatories of the agreement were BFAR 12 Regional Director Sani D. Macabalang together with Chancellor Atty. Abdurrahman Canacan of Mindanao State University- General Santos Campus and Dr. Teresita L. Cambel of Sultan Kudarat State University.

Aqua-silviculture is a system of rearing and growing fish and other aquatic organisms in enclosed sections within mangrove areas.

Director Macabalang said, the project intends “to maximize use of the mangroves in addition to the benefits we get from them as natural buffers against incoming strong waves, breeding grounds and shelter for fish and other aquatic organisms, and source of food and other necessities of human beings.”

He said the project is programmed to rehabilitate denuded mangrove forests while promoting Aquasilviculture technology as supplemental source of income for the fisherfolk.

“Aquasilviculture is known to be an effective means to reverse unproductive, underutilized and abandoned fishpond areas into its former pristine condition,” Macabalang said.

Funds are now ready for allocation for the identified areas including ten hectares of mangrove in General Santos City, 30 ha in Maasim, Sarangani Province, and 340 ha in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat.

Meanwhile, a total of P1.2 M will also be obligated for a multi-species hatchery which forms part of the whole package and will be identified soon in the target areas.

The community and local governments are enjoined to actively participate in all these undertakings to ensure effective and sustainable implementation of the project. In the process, fisherfolk are empowered to plan for themselves and get involved in more productive activities for social development.

Replication of similar intervention is now being considered especially in some potential areas in the Region.(BFAR-12/DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

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