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BFAR’s inaugural bangus harvest in Sibugay town marks significant success in aquaculture production

ALICIA, Zamboanga Sibugay (PIA) - The Western Alicia Fisherfolk Association (WAFA) in Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay, marked a significant milestone with the inaugural harvest of bangus from the High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) marine fish cage project, a testament to the success of the collaboration between the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 9 (DA-BFAR 9) and the local community.

The first harvest from one of the two fish cages yielded a total volume of 5.541 tons, with a gross value amounting to P656,674, showcasing the project's immediate impact on local aquaculture production and the livelihood of the fisherfolk.

Fisherfolks demonstrating collaborative efforts at the inaugural harvest. | Photo courtesy of BFAR 9

Under a tripartite memorandum of agreement signed in August 2023, WAFA was granted the project, which is a component of the bureau’s program to improve local aquaculture production and fisherfolk's quality of life. The initiative seeks to empower the community through comprehensive livelihood interventions in partnership with DA-BFAR 9 and the Alicia local government unit.

In addition to the HDPE marine fish cages, the project consists of two units of fiber-reinforced plastic boats, 30,000 pieces of bangus fingerlings, commercial feeds for one cropping, a floating house, and a P50,000 budget for labor and wages for a five-month period of operation.

Norwegian fish cage technology promotes sustainability by providing an increase in harvest volume over traditional bamboo cages, reducing the dependency on local resources, and improving durability. This technology can be used in areas with strong waves where traditional bamboo fish cages are impractical.

Consistent with the bureau's development program aimed at promoting fish production and improving the lives of fisherfolk in the region, the Alicia project is one of four HDPE marine fish cages designated for construction in the area. Moreover, this initiative aligns with the administration's vision for a progressive Philippines, aiming to enhance fish production and fortify the nation's food security and economic stability.

The first-ever bangus harvest from the HDPE marine fish cage project is evidence of the effects of sustainable aquaculture programs on enhancing regional economic development and empowering local communities. (KSA/RVC/EDT/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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