No red tide in Capiz
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (13 February) -- The waters of Capiz remains free from the red tide organism that could damage the fishing and tourism industry of the province.
Based on the latest monitoring result of the coastal waters of the province last January, the marine products of the province are still free from the deadly red tide organism and, therefore, safe to eat, Aquaculturist Audie Belargo of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) here said.
Capiz has been known as the "Seafood Capital of the Philippines" that primarily produces milk fish (bangus), prawn, mud crab, oyster, mussel, seaweeds and grouper.
Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has vowed to continue the efforts in sustaining the development and modernization of the Philippine fishery and aquaculture industry.
Yap revealed that last year, the fisheries and aquaculture subsector was the No. 1 growth driver, expanding 6.81 percent in production volume and contributing 25.44 percent or a fourth of total farm output for the year.
Commercial fishery posted an impressive 10.4% output in 2007, while municipal fishery production expanded 5.53%, and aquaculture recorded a 5.86% gain from the previous year's level, he said.
Bureau of Agricultural Statistics Chief Eric Piansay of Capiz disclosed that last year's commercial production of the province was recorded at 22,783 metric tons, 13,790 metric tons on municipal fishing and 33,860 metric tons on aquaculture.
Piansay said that compared to 2006 fishery production, last year's production noted a 7.79 percent increase on commercial fishing; 5.07 percent increase on municipal fishing production and a 12.39 percent hike in aquaculture fishing production.
To sustain the efforts in the country's aquaculture industry, the DA has teamed up with the Departments of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in managing the development of the aquaculture sector to ensure its sustainability and mitigate its negative impacts on the environment, Yap said. (PIA) [top]