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Fishermen Trained on Aquaculture Techniques and Handling

06 September 2013

PHILIPPINES - About 300 fishermen engaged in cage fishing and aquaculture attended a training on proper handling and operation of cage fishing and aquaculture recently.

The National Institute of Fisheries and Technology Development Center of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (NIFTCD-BAFR) initiated the training that benefit the fishermen from the coastal towns of Quezon Province.

Dr Wesley Rosario of NIFTCD-BAFR said the hatchery is considered the first government hatchery in the country that now produces "pompano" fingerlings, a marine fish in the Trachinotus genus of the Carangidae family better known as "jacks," a high value species.

“The hatchery in Quezon Province is considered the first government hatchery in the country that produces the said variety of fish, and maybe number 2 producer aside from a private hatchery in Dagupan City,” Dr Rosario said.

Dr Rosario also said that aqua culture has a significant role because it contributed almost 48 per cent of fish and seafood in the market, thus, it is very important to develop the fishing industry in this province.

The province of Quezon is located strategically, very near to Metro Manila, the number one market for fish and sea foods produce in Quezon and low priced compared from products coming from other places of the country. 

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