Data banking in Antique, Negros Occidental tuna highway ongoing
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is now in the process of monitoring and gathering data on the landings of tuna species in Antique and Negros Occidental.
Panay Gulf in Antique and the waters of Hinoba-an in Negros Occidental are potential landing areas for tuna, according to BFAR Western Visayas director Remia A. Aparri, Thursday.
These areas are within the so-called tuna highway.
She revealed that the dynamics of tuna is currently being studied by an international organization in partnership with BFAR. The study will make recommendation on what to do for the industry to be developed.
“We are now on the stage of gathering data which will serve as basis for supporting the industry in terms of facilities that can produce good quality of tuna comparable to Gen San,” she said.
Antique, she said, lacks support on post-harvest facilities that could maintain the quality of tuna to make it ready for the export market.
“For now, the harvest of tuna coming from Antique is being brought to General Santos, although it’s only for the local market,” she added.
Once the industry is developed, she expressed that similar to General Santos, local employment will be generated. It will also raise public awareness on how the resources will be properly managed.
“It will pave way to inclusive growth as a result of employment to be generated from various ancillary services that will sprout because of the facilities and support to the tuna industry,” she said.
However, she said that developing the industry just like in General Santos has to be done together with the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA).
PFDA has the mandate to establish ports equipped with facilities that will support the industry in coming up with export quality products. (PNA)