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Davao Aquaculture Keeps Supply Afloat

PHILIPPINES - Even as marine catch declined by 12% in the Davao Region the demand for fish was still met, thanks to a large boost of aquaculture output.

According to Business World, George G. Campeon, regional director of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), said the region’s production from aquaculture more than made up for poor sea catch, hence, would enable the agency to hit its target of 10% increase in fishery output this year.

The news agency says that in terms of volume, the region yielded 33,000 metric tons of fish from January to June this year, against 28,000 MT for the same period last year. He said they are on track to surpass this year the 67,000 MT recorded in 2007, due mainly to aquaculture.

Davao region ranks first among the country’s region’s in aquaculture production, posting a growth rate of 19% last year.

More than 250 fish cages were built in the last two years in the Island Garden City of Samal, Panabo City in Davao del Norte; and Sta. Cruz and Malalag in Davao del Sur.

Next in line, BFAR’s plans showed, is a 200-hectare fish-cage park in Pantukan, Compostela Valley and another 400-hectare park in Mati City, Davao Oriental.