Piñol to meet fisheries officials, stakeholders today in Aklan
To come up with ways on how to boost the country’s fisheries production, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said he will be flying to Aklan today to meet with all the regional directors and key officials of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and other agencies involved with fisheries.
The meeting, according to him, is intended to thresh out “once and for all” the problems and challenges that stunted the growth of the country’s Captured Fisheries Program.
He said the meeting follows the visit he made to Malalag Bay in Davao del Sur where fish cage farming of Bangus is a thriving industry, and his trip to Samar where coves ideal for fish farming are found in almost every coastal town.
“Today, in Aklan, the BFAR directors, including officials and scientists of the SEAFDEC [Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department] based in Tigbauan, Iloilo will be asked to present their recommendations on how to produce more Bangus fry to provide for the yearly requirement of about 3.5-billion fingerlings,” Piñol said.
“SEAFDEC will also be asked to share with the other stakeholders the researches and advancements they made in feeds formulation,” he added.