|BFAR establishes a Multi-Species Fish Hatchery and Nursery in Sagñay Town|
Legazpi City, Albay--The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Office No. 5 establishes a multi-species hatchery and nursery for high-value fishes in the coastal barangay of Patitinan, Sagñay, Camarines Sur. Supported by the Office of the 4th Congressional District of Camarines Sur, the Local Government Unit of Sagñay, South East Asian Fisheries Development Center-Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-3rd Engineering District, this project endorses the development of aquaculture in Bicol Region.
The hatchery project, located in a 5, 816 m2 lot donated by Dr. Emma Fuentebella-Rebato, is consisted of 6 units of concrete fish-larval rearing tank; 12 units of natural food tank; 3 units of brood stock tank; a pumping and aeration system and in addition of 8 units of nursery tanks.
The establishment of the multi-species hatchery and nursery sustains the supply of fingerlings for mariculture projects, particularly in the nearby Sagñay Mariculture Zone located in Barangay Bongalon, and meets the demand of fishpond growers and operators in the region on an annual basis. This facility produces bangus fry, prawn post-larvae and saline tilapia fingerlings as well as other species of marine fishes such as snapper, sea bass, pompano, rabbitfish, kikiro and mudcrab.
Socorro believed that the project is to become the center of hatchery technology in this part of Bicol Region in terms of marine species and serves as a venue for hands-on training for fisherfolk, investors, fisheries students and other interested consumers.
Collaborative efforts are made to ensure the project’s success. BFAR-RO5 monitors the implementation of the project from the launching until the completion of construction of the hatchery and its operation. DPWH develops the land of the proposed site. SEAFDEC-AQD supervises the construction of the multi-species hatchery and nursery facilities and provides BFAR with the technical support.
Director Del Socorro stressed that the community must be the stewards in protecting their sea from illegal fishing activities since the project obtain its water supply from the sea and other freshwater sources in the community.
The ground-breaking ceremony was conducted last March 11 and was attended by BFAR Regional Director Dennis del Socorro, Congressman Arnulfo Fuentebella, Mayor Evelyn Fuentebella, Engr. Emma Timbang of DPWH and Engrs Arnel Gelvero and Hermoso Igcasan of SEAFDEC. Meanwhile, the blessing of the time capsule was solemnized by Rev. Fr. Jesus Alarte Jr., parish priest of Sibaguan-Patitinan.
Also present in the ceremonial ground-breaking are the Partido State University officials led by Vice-President Raul Bradecina, BFAR employees, teachers and students of Patitinan Elementary School and Agro-Industrial High School of Sagñay, LGU officials, Barangay officials of Patitinan led by Chairwoman Zaida Baron, and fisherfolk leaders of Bicol led by National FARMC Member Ely Ramos.