PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012
BFAR launches mangrove reforestationby Oliver T. Baccay
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) –- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) region 2 has launched mangrove reforestation in the coastal towns of Cagayan.
Regional director Jovita Ayson said the project is an aqua silvi mangrove plantation which will reforest the breeding ground of fishes and other marine resources in the bodies of water of the province of Cagayan, the main source of sea foods in the region.
Ayson said they tapped some fisherfolk in the coastal zones to produce marine propagules and to plant and maintain the mangroves with some monetary considerations.
“We need to tap them for this project because they are also the beneficiaries later on. The mangroves are the habitat of the fishes and other marine resources, which is their livelihood; however, we also need also to ensure that they will seriously join in the project so we allocated some funds as their incentive,” Ayson said.
Each fisherfolk who can produce a mangrove propagule will be given P2 incentive. When the propagule will be planted, another P2 will be given to them, and another P2 for the maintenance of the plant, she said.
Last year, the director said they were able to plant 300,000 mangroves under the aqua silvi project and they target to plant one million this year.
“This endeavor is not only towards boosting the production of marine resources, especially fishes, but it will also serve as livelihood for the people,” Ayson said.
She explained that mangroves have other uses such as a component of wine production, medicines and as buffer against flood and storm surge.
Ayson further said that the project is timely as climate change is now the major concern worldwide wherein mangroves contribute toward the attainment of the climate change adaptation. (OTB/PIA-2)