SAN FERNANDO CITY: Mayor Pablo Ortega on Tuesday led the distribution of rehabilitation milkfish fingerlings to fishermen from six villages whose fishponds dried up due to April’s intense summer heat.
The milkfish fingerlings came from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, which will also distribute tilapia fingerlings to upland villages next year.
Dolores Gurtiza, fishery chief of the City Agriculture Office, said San Fernando received the highest total of rehabilitation fingerlings with 64,020.
“We saw to it that the recipients are those listed by their barangays as affected in the summer fishponds dry-up and who were legally registered in our office,” she said.
The other recipients were Biday (29, 780), Lingsat (3,440), Carlatan (1,000), Dalumpinas Este (16, 250) and Bangcusay (13, 550).
Gurtiza said that the fingerlings’ life span depend on the presence of oxygen inside the plastic containers, this was the reason why they have to speed up the dispersal activity. “If we leave them there for a long time, they would not reach the fishponds alive.”
Gurtiza said the distribution of fingerlings is not on a regular basis but depending on the extent of the damage brought by natural calamity on their agricultural production.
“After the dispersal, we also lend them our technical assistance like the training in November on Bangus Production because this is the barangays’ IGPs [income generating project],” she added.
Aside from the intense summer heat, the drying up of fishponds was due to the clogging of the main waterway from the South China Sea along the Carlatan Creek because of siltation.
Gurtiza advised the recipients to monitor their production, principally on the feeding management to ensure quality.