Aquino OKs marine hatcheries, training centers and seed bank
President Aquino has approved the creation of multi-specie marine hatcheries in Cebu and Mindanao, a crab seed bank in Catanduanes, and fisheries training centers in the Visayas.
Aquino signed into law the bills providing for the creation of the facilities.
Under the new laws, marine hatcheries will be set up in Bantayan island in Cebu, in Nasipit in Agusan del Norte, in San Jose Dalman in Zamboanga del Norte, in and Sultan Naga Dimaporo in Lanao del Norte.
The facilities, which will propagate groupers, prawns, lobsters crabs, crabs, inland fish nurseries and other high-value seafood, will be supervised by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and the concerned local government units.
Mangrove crab seed banks, nurseries and grow-out production farms will be created in the municipalities of Virac, Bato, Baras, Gigmoto, Viga, Panganiban, Bagamanoc, San Andres, Caramoran and Pandan, all in Catanduanes.
They will be supervised by BFAR and the Catanduanes State University.
A provincial fisheries and aquatic resources training, development, and product center will be established each in the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Samar, and Northern Samar.