February 1, 2023

BAUKO, Mountain Province – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) continues to implement various livelihood projects in the province.

A total of 300,000 tilapia fingerlings and 16 metric tons of feeds including fry mash, pre-starter, and starter were distributed to 549 fisherfolks in Bauko, Bontoc, Sabangan, Sagada, Tadian, and Barlig.

The aquaculture inputs are intended for 175 units pond culture, 135 units rice fish culture, and one unit fish cage projects.

Each unit of the pond culture corresponds to a maximum area of 200 square meters at five-piece per sq.m. stocking density.

For the rice fish culture, each unit should have a maximum area of 500 sq.m at two-piece/sq.m. stocking density.

The distribution of inputs was done in Bauko with the assistance of the Provincial Fisheries Office and the local government units that facilitated the hauling of inputs to the project areas.

Mountain Province contributes the least in the Cordillera’s fish production with only 15.03MT or 0.36 percent of the region’s total production.

The SAAD program aims to increase fish production and alleviate poverty in the poorest provinces in the country. – BFAR release