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BFAR releases tilapia fingerlings to repopulate Bataan River

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In a bid to revamp The Philippines’ aquaculture industry, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Luzon (BFAR-3) has released 80.000 tilapia fingerlings in the Almacen River, a tributary of the Bataan River.

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Releasing tilapia fingerlings

Personnel of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Luzon release over 80,000 tilapia fingerlings in Almacen River in Hermosa town, Bataan province on 15 August 2022. The activity is part of continuing efforts to revitalise the aquaculture industry through the Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa (BASIL) programme. © BFAR Central Luzon

The dispersal activity aims to repopulate the rivers and lakes in the region with tilapia through the Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa (BASIL) programme and is part of a continuing national strategy to revitalise the aquaculture sector.

Bataan Provincial Fisheries Officer Harlyn Recabar-Purzuelo and BFAR-3 BASIL lead Al Dimaquibo directed the dispersal of the fingerlings from the Technology Outreach Station for Freshwater (TOSFW) species in Castillejos, Zambales province.

BFAR-3 Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz, in an interview, said the dispersal seeks to increase productivity and eventually improve the living condition of fisherfolk in the province.

“This will help improve the productivity and sustainability of the lives of the fisherfolk in Hermosa town,” he said.

He said the chance of survival of the released fish is high given the quality of water in the river.

Cruz urged the fisherfolk to observe safe, proper, and environment-friendly fishing practices to ensure that the benefits of water resources are maximised.

“This is through the appropriate use of gears, non-use of harmful fishing methods and venturing into possible ways of processing the fish catch," he said.

Launched in 2017, the BASIL is a five-year project that aims to rehabilitate major inland bodies of water in the country.

It targets to disperse at least 210 million fingerlings nationwide in major lakes and river basins.

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