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BFAR 8 training director off to Thailand for training on responsible fishing technology

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (9 November) -- The training director of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 08 Norberto Berida, based at the Samar Satate University (SSU), Mercedes Campus, Catbalogan will be the country's sole representative to Thailand for training on responsible Fishing Technology.

The training according to Berida will be held at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), Samutprakarn, Thailand on November 18-27, 2008.

BFAR Director Malcolm Sarmiento wrote to the secretary General and Chief of the training Department of the SEAFDEC, Dr. Siri Ekmaharaj for the nomination of Berida because of his expertise in fisheries.

The training aims to enhance awareness of member countries on the function of fisheries in identifying regional policy on Human Resource Development (HRD) and Poverty alleviation and Food Security by Fisheries Intervention in ASEAN region.

It could also solicit common understanding on the role of the fisheries sector to address poverty and food security as well as the technical issues and development of operational plans.

Berida in an interview bared that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through the leadership of BFAR Sarmiento is bent on pursuing a shift in fisheries; much technology now is being implemented in rural aqua culture and inland fisheries development.

Studies have shown that the 'hunting fisherfolks' could not anymore address the growing needs of Filipinos so that BFAR has been advocating to farmers to 'plant' and not just to hunt.

The same practice on aquaculture is also gaining headway, said Berida because Filipinos now patronize cultured fish like bangus and tilapia.

This, according to BFAR Director 08 John Albaladejo is the only way to make fishery sustainable.

All these strategies to advance aquaculture anchor on the food security program of President Gloria Macapagal–Arroyo considering that 80% of the Filipinos depend on fish for their source of protein. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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