BFAR to seed Iloilo River with tilapia, bangus fry

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ILOILO CITY: The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Western Visayas has committed to dispersing high-salinity ‘tilapia’ and ‘bangus’ fingerlings for every quarter this year at the Iloilo River as a means of augmenting the income of marginal fishermen. Edna Janeo of BFAR told the Iloilo River Development Council of the plan to introduce 40,000 tilapia frys and 20,000 bangus fingerlings. When harvesting time comes (usually after four months), the fishermen will be allowed to catch the matured fish using only the hook and line fishing process. Fine mesh nets will be confiscated, she added.

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