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BFAR Distributes Baby Eels in Benguet

PHILIPPINES - The Bureau of Fish and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)- Cordillera recently distributed 31,000 pieces of elvers (baby eels) in five municipalities in the province that have communal bodies of water.

According to BFAR regional director, Dr Rebecca Dang-awan, the elvers were distributed in Bokod with 10,000; Kapangan and Kibungan with 8,000 each; Tublay, 3,000 and La Trinidad, 2,000.

The elvers will be released in the river system in these municipalities and we expect them to grow and increase in numbers, Dr Dana-awan said. They will be closely watched and when they mature, they will generate eggs, she said.

In the Cordillera, eels are rare now a days . This fish specie is considered by the community as a delicacy reserved for special occasions because of its delicious sweet meat. Local eels fetch prices as high as P500 per kilo.

Considering the high demand for eel in the market, there exists a huge potential for a viable industry to develop, Dr Dang-awan said.

Lucy Towers

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