Samar mussel industry developing

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
12 April 2007, at 1:00am

PHILIPPINES - Tahong and Mariculture godfather GiL Adora graced the First Samar Mussel Industry Development Forum at the Cocina de Cabral today.

Adora who is now the Assistant Director for Technical Services at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Central Office impressed upon the people how much he deoted his time and expertise to push the mussel industry forward.

According to BFAR Regional Director Ernesto Hilvano, Adora started the industry while still a junior marine biologist. He along with someone surnamed Mariano started studying the Maqueda Bay waters and started propagating mussels

The very same livelihood has sustained poor mussel farmers in the municipalities of Jiabong, Villareal, Tarangnan, Talalora, Motiong, Catbalogan, Zumarraga and Daram.

Hilvano added that the industry has been enjoying large growth through the years. He cited that mussel farming started in 1975. In 1999 museel production throughout Samar yielded some 13, 849 Metric tons of mussels. Five years later production soared in 2005 to 109, 471 Metric tons. While mussel production declined as a whole in the country, in samar production has soared to a rough estimate of 790%.

Adora told the participants that Samar-Leyte is strategically located and can supply demands from both Luzon and Mindanao.

When PIA asked where the first mussel could have originated, Adora said it could have come from international ships that docked in our harbors. While docked, the ship’s crew stripped off the rust and shells from the imbedded part and along with these could have been the first mussels or tahong. The first mussels were flown in from Paranaque, Adora said, these must have come from Spain, he assumed.

Source: Philippine Information Agency