Blanca Aurora hosts Samar's Freshwater Hatchery
By Ninfa B Quirante
Catbalogan City (February 7) -- Barangay Blanca Aurora, San Jorge Samar now boasts not only of the majestic Blanca Aurora Waterfalls but to the first ever Samar's Freshwater Hatchery as inaugurated on February 7, 2009.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) pride, Gil Adora flew in from Manila to join the group of his BFAR family headed by Regional Director 08 John Albaladejo.
Provincial Fishery Officer Rolando Ay-ay, Regional Training Center (BFAR-RTC) Director Ronnie Berida and local officials headed by San Jorge Mayor Nancy Grey also trooped to the site located some 9 kilometers east of San Jorge town.
Previously, Samar's tilapia fingerlings would come from Babatngon, Leyte but with this new development, Samar may now supply the needs of tilapia farmers throughout Samar.
The new site is expected to further increase tilapia production in the country, increase income and provide livelihood opportunities among local fisherfolks to feed the upland farmers.
BFAR in Samar is advocating for the fishermen not only to hunt fish but to "plant" them. Berida of BFAR-RTC send this message to his technician in a forum recently.
He said that Samar Maqueda Bay known to have been the richest fishing ground in the Visayas has now been ripped of its natural riches due to overfishing and even illegal ones like the use of blasting and trawling.
Only fish culture will be able to respond to the need of the Samarnon as regards fish protein, so the advocacy.
Aside from providing fish materials, BFAR will also train fisherfolks fish production technology and introduce the new tilapia strain.
As to tilapia's popularity in Samar, slowly, Samarnons are accepting the alternative to fish from the sea. (PIA-Samar) [top]