5M fingerlings to be seeded in Laguna de Bay
Local officials of towns and cities surrounding Laguna de Bay, fisherfolk and other agencies will finalize on May 2 the plan to rehabilitate and seed the country’s biggest lake with five million fingerlings.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Laguna de Bay, along with rivers and streams, will be seeded with indigenous fish species, including Black Head Eel, to give poor Filipino families easy access to food.
Piñol said the seeding is part of the campaign to bring back Laguna de Bay to its old glory and repopulate it with indigenous species such as kanduli, ayungin and biya.
He said the rehabilitation of the lake is paramount because with the dismantling of the fish pens, 36 percent of the fish supply of Metro Manila Markets will be lost.
The fish, which will include bangus and tilapia, could be harvested after six months.
Before the seeding, the lake will be cleaned up by local fishermen who were given fiberglass fishing boats.