TACLOBAN CITY: The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatics Resources (BFAR) released some 10,000 tilapia fingerlings in Lake Bito in McArthur southern Leyte on over the weekend, simultaneous with the turnover of initial 13 cages to fisherfolk beneficiaries as part of its post-Yolanda rehabilitation efforts.
The fry known as genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT) came from the breeding facilities of the WorldFish based in Penang, Malaysia with the parent stock lodged at Central Luzon State University (CLSU) Freshwater Aquaculture Center.
“It was originally produced in the Philippines but breeding continued in Malaysia when the WorldFish transferred there,” BFAR regio- nal director Juan Albal- dejo explained.
Albaladejo said the GIFT strain at the Lake Bito is the first to be produced in the country as part of the BFAR, WorldFish and CLSU initiative to help fisherfolk affected by Yolanda.
BFAR intends to provide 100 cages that will be stocked with GIFT fry.
Each is made of bamboo frame measuring 10×10 meters valued at P80,000 per cage.