Plant-eating tilapia to be introduced soon
Aquaculturist Virgilio Marzo will introduce into the country the plant-eating Redbreast tilapia that could be bred in urban poor areas without threatening local fish species.
Businessmirror reported that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is expected to release Marzo’s import permit for 30,000 Redbreast tilapia next week.
The permit, which is for research purposes, reportedly caught the interest of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol who wants to grow fish, including tilapia, in fish tanks near urban poor areas.
Marzo said Redbreast tilapia, which could be sold at a lower price, is rich with Omega 3 and has no fishy taste.
The Redbreast tilapia eats weeds and vegetables, like lettuce and cabbage.