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Tilapia Stock Boosted in Pangasinan to Help Fishermen

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PHILIPPINES - The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) has dispersed some 140,000 tilapia fingerlings in Pangasinans river systems to boost the provinces tilapia supply.

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Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya said that fingerlings were distributed in the towns of Aguilar, Umingan, Pozorrubio and Bugallon on July 18 and forms part of the province’s agricultural thrust.

“It is geared towards increasing tilapia stocks in the province’s river system with an estimated area of about 9, 000 hectares that directly benefit marginal fishermen,” said Moya.

Moya disclosed that of the whole dispersal load, 30,000 fingerlings will be released in nine different sites in Aguilar with the Provincial Freshwater Fish Hatchery in Sta. Barbara town as its source.

Umingan will receive a total of 40,000 fingerlings coming from the San Quintin Provincial Freshwater Fish Hatchery with seven identified sites as dispersal areas; while Pozorrubio will be given 30,000 fingerlings to be dispersed in four selected areas.

In seven areas, specifically rivers and creeks in Bugallon, some 40,000 fingerlings sourced from the Lingayen and Sta. Barbara Provincial Freshwater Hatcheries will be dispersed.

Based on the PAO data, the provincial government had already dispersed more than four million fingerlings since 2007.