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‘Tienda sa FishCon’ promotes local innovative food products

ILOILO CITY (PIA) – The "Tienda sa FishCon" food exhibit during the 60th National Fish Conservation (FishCon) Week this year features a variety of fish and fishery products from the provinces across the Western Visayas region like seaweed crackers, bangus lumpia, bangus siomai, artisanal sea salt roasted with lemon grass, and mussel kropek, among others.

A total of 14 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental were given the opportunity to feature their products in the seafood trade and exhibit displayed at the DA-BFAR Regional Office, Muelle St., Iloilo City.

Meanwhile, a series of webinars dubbed “Fish Talk sa FishCon” conducted from September 18 to 22 tackled several topics such as Learnings from Artificial Reef, Development Program on Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), Aquatic Animal Health Management and Quarantine Measures, and Development of Farmers’ Cooperatives.

DA-BFAR 6 regional director Remia Aparri in her message during this Fish Conservation Week told stakeholders to engage in productive discussions, share innovative ideas, and renew their commitment to building a future where abundant fisheries fuel a booming economy.

“I am confident that our collective efforts will lead to a brighter and more sustainable future for our beloved Philippines,” Aparri said.

With this, several orientations to address some pressing concerns relative to fisheries, distributions of support, and various training across Western Visayas will be carried out for the weeklong FishCon 2023 celebration.

Various food products of the MSMEs from across the provinces in the region are being displayed in the ‘Tienda sa FishCon’ of BFAR 6.
One of the topics for the webinar series "Fish Talk sa FishCon," held in line with the 60th National Fish Conservation Week.

The distribution of Tilapia Fingerlings and provision of technical support were done in Bacolod City; cluster orientations for the Shellfish Livelihood Program were done in Banate, Batad, and San Dionisio, Iloilo; and Fish Processing training was conducted in Hamtic town, province of Antique.

Moreover, the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Index and Threat Assessment Tool were rolled out in the towns of New Washington in Aklan and Roxas City in Capiz.

Distribution of milkfish fingerlings was made in Jordan, Guimaras, while dispersals of tilapia fingerlings are set to 

be done on Sept. 21 in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, and the towns of San Remigio and Valderrama in Antique.

Guided by the theme this 2023, “Masaganang Pangisdaan, Maunlad na Ekonomiya”, the nationwide observation held every third week of September is in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 316, series of 2017, as part of the annual Maritime and Archipelagic Month or “Mana Mo” observance in the country.

Mana Mo was designed to integrate and synchronize efforts of all maritime-related events to achieve unity of message and purpose while raising public awareness about a wide range of marine and archipelagic issues. (AGP/PIA 6 with reports from DA-BFAR 6)

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