42% of national fish catch from Mindanao - BFAR
by Prix D Banzon
Davao City (29 November) -- Mindanao contributes 42 percent of the total fish production of the Philippines.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) director Malcolm Sarmiento said the natural features in Mindanao are perfect for aquaculture as he said that government want to preserve marine resources to help address climate change.
The BFAR he said shifted in its direction of helping the fishermen from harvesting to farming that is why there is massive campaign for aquaculture.
He said with the breakthrough of new species they wanted to widen the base of aquaculture.
He said among the new species are the Banami (super shrimp) that grows twice as Tiger Prawn the latter which is only half the size of the super shrimp. The Black Tiger is also a new specie and good for aquaculture production.
The newest addition that is propagated in the Philippine is the pangasius catfish, which the government is supporting its propagation.
Business opportunity for Pangasius is big in the international market with huge demands in fillets.
It can also come through product diversification or adding value to a raw product so it can move up to the next stage of production and this is done by adding food ingredients to the main product to create a new one.
The by-products of Pangasius after fillets are fish meal from backbone, fillet trimming, and belly flesh for various consumptions.
The fish skin is for frying, Chinese dishes, leather materials for accessories and decoration.
The fat could be refined for human consumption particularly as cooking oil it could also be used as biodiesel. (PIA) [top]