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PHILIPPINES - Forty fishpond operators from San Miguel, Virac, Bato, Caramoran, and Gigmoto towns in Catanduanes received some 50,600 tilapia fingerlings and breeders from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Bicol.

BFAR Bicol Regional Director Dennis del Socorro said that the tilapia fingerlings and breeders were distributed to backyard fishpond operators of these towns in support to the Agri-Business development program of the province.

Del Socorro furthered 20,000 fingerlings went to fishpond operators of San Miguel; 12,000 to Virac; 9,500 to Bato; 6,000 to Caramoran; and 2,500 to Gigmoto, while 600 tilapia breeders went to Panganiban town.

The tilapia fingerlings were supplied by the Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center in Fabrica, Bula, Camarines Sur and Tiwi Fry Bank in Tiwi, Albay through the efforts of BFAR Provincial Fisheries Office and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) of Catanduanes.

According to the BFAR Bicol chief, distribution of fingerlings is one of the production support services given by the BFAR to assist small fisherfolk and help increase fish production in the region.