The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has launched a multi-species hatchery project in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur to provide sustainable aquaculture resources and production technologies for fishing communities in the area.
In a statement, BFAR director Asis Perez said that the aquaculture project will cater to the requirements of Davao City, which has a population of about 1.4 million including the transients, more than half of whom consumes fish as their main staple food along with rice.
Perez said that rotifer and larval tanks—including brood stock tanks—were constructed along with the installation of electric supply. Rotifers are microscopic aquatic animals used as live feed in hatcheries, while brood stock, in aquaculture, refers to a group of mature individuals of a cultured species that is kept separate for breeding purposes.
Thirty-two tanks were also installed and completed and have been ready for operation since end-2013.
The BFAR chief said that the project has already harvested a total of 108,000 pieces of bangus (milkfish) fry for the first quarter of this year.
Prior to the project launch, Department of Agriculture regional director Remelyn Recoter said that BFAR has conducted a conceptualization seminar to enable support from the local government units of Davao del Sur, wherein the target area is the provincial government down to the barangay level.
“We need to have enough supply of fish here in our region to feed these people and this multi-hatchery project will make a big contribution to this goal. This project will supply the fingerling needs of our small and medium size ponds here,” Recoter said.