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Zamboanga Sibugay fisherfolks benefit from Norwegian-designed fish cages

MABUHAY, Zamboanga Sibugay (PIA) - The fishing community in Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay was recently provided with a fish cage project by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) Regional Office 9.

The Abunda Small Fishing Association was awarded with two high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Norwegian-designed fish cages through a signing of a Memorandum of Agreement held at the Municipal Conference Room in Poblacion, Mabuhay.

Association members in anticipation of the project. | Photo: BFAR Region 9
Stakeholders were present during the MOA signing. | Photo: BFAR Region 9

Norwegian fish cage technology offers an increase in harvest volume compared to traditional bamboo fish cages while promoting sustainability through its reduced reliance on indigenous materials and enhanced durability. Additionally, it can be used in places where strong waves make it impossible for traditional bamboo fish cages to be installed.

This collaborative effort between DA-BFAR 9 and the local government of Mabuhay, represented by Municipal Mayor Edreluisa O. Calonge, MD, alongside other key figures, aims to strengthen the livelihood of local fishermen. The project not only promises a sustainable income for the recipients but also enables them to invest in a profitable fish cage business right in their community.

The project includes two 10-meter-diameter HDPE marine fish cages, 30,000 bangus fingerlings, supplies of commercial fish feed for a full cropping season, and a budget of P50,000.00 for labor and wages sufficient for five months of operation. Each cage is expected to produce about 5 tons of fish per cycle, valued at around P1.5 million in total.

Sample view of the HDPE Norwegian-designed fish cage in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte | Photo: BFAR Region 9

Regional Director Al-Zath K. Kunting stressed that this project will improve the marine resources in the region, and solidify Zamboanga Peninsula's reputation as a fish surplus zone. The hard work of Mabuhay's fishermen is expected to serve as an example for the entire community.

Mayor Calonge stressed that effective management and cooperation among the fishermen are key to the project's success. Essentially, the harmonious coordination between DA-BFAR 9, LGU of Mabuhay, Abunda Small Fishing Association, and Mabuhay's residents is crucial for the project's success. (KSA/RVC/RBI/PIA9-Zamboanga Sibugay)

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Rommel Ignacio


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Information Officer - I at Provincial Information Center Zamboanga Sibugay

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