July 19, 2024

The Provincial Fishery Office (PFO) distributed fingerlings to 200 fisherfolks in Mountain Province on June 19.

PFO Aquaculturist Olive Jet Garcia said the distribution of fingerlings is an activity aligned with the Fisheries Extension Program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to support fisherfolks and increase production and revitalization of the aquaculture sector.

A total of 100,000 pieces of catfish fingerlings were given to the beneficiaries who were chosen through a prioritization and selection process.

“Beneficiaries of the program are selected based on requests by fisherfolks to their respective local government units. We have requests from communities identified for the End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s Retooled Community Support Program, and they are one of our priorities,” Garcia said.

Garcia said beneficiaries undergo validation of their areas prior to the distribution of fingerlings.

The PFO validates the suitability of the fisherfolks’ aquaculture areas to ensure optimal stocking density and prevents overstocking, which can harm fingerling survival.

“Fisherfolks receive a certain number of fingerlings according to their areas. For tilapia, it is five pieces per square meter, while for catfish, it is 10 to 15 pieces per square meter. We also consider the depth of their areas and the water quality they are using,” she said.

The PFO distributes 500 pieces of fingerlings per individual, as long as their areas meet the requirements.

The number of fingerlings will decrease for those with smaller areas as they have carriage capacities.

Distribution is also based on the availability of fingerlings and funds allotted for the extension program.

Garcia said the fingerling dispersal aims to increase production and alleviate poverty, as it can be used for household consumption and income generation.

The PFO continues to monitor the progress of the program by visiting the stocks of fisherfolks in their areas.

They also provide assistance and intervention to beneficiaries, especially those who will be affected by disasters such as typhoons that may damage aquaculture areas or fish ponds. – Remwel Sanowan