BFAR launches abalone farms in Guian, Eastern Samar
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has launched a livelihood program on abalone production in Guian, Eastern Samar.
The program is part of the National Shellfish Development Program that is targeting to establish 5,000 shellfish farms in Eastern Visayas until 2020.
BFAR’s region 8 director Juan Albaladeio turned over 2,700 pieces of juvenile abalone and modular culture cages to the Omangat Fisherfolk Association.
Albaladeio said it is a first for the province as abalone is not yet commercially produced in Eastern Samar. BFAR has a multi-species hatchery in the province, the Guian Marine Fisheries Development Center, which cultures abalone for seedstock production only. From the seedstock, the fishermen can grow the abalone that they can then sell to the market for income.
The abalone, locally known as lapas, will be grown in Barangay Trinidad in Guian. The BFAR monitored the waters of the barangay to ensure that the area is suitable for abalone production.
The modular cages were devised by the BFAR’s technical staff. Each module has nine jugs with 50 juvenile abalone. The cages are then tied to 10-feet long PVC pipe as hanging frame. Seaweeds are used as feeds for the abalone.
Abalone costs P120 to P150 per kilo and seaweeds are abundant and gathered from the wild. (Eileen A. Mencias)