• BFAR plants 3.16M mangroves

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    TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: In an effort to provide fishermen and their families a sustainable source of livelihood and income, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) focused on meeting its target of planting 3.16 million mangroves in the region’s coastal areas this year. Apple Joy Usquiza, BFAR’s project leader for mangrove reforestation project, said there is really a need to regenerate Cagayan Valley’s marine productivity. She said the program aims to develop new mangrove areas, establish aquasilvi, or mangrove fish farms, and put up multi-species hatcheries in coastal communities. Aside from the agency’s long-term goal of protecting the region’s aquatic resources, the program will directly benefit fishermen and their families and create more job opportunities, Usquiza added.

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