Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Regional Office No. 5
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur
BFAR-Bicol, LGUs, stakeholders join “Fish is Life Festival”,
Fish Conservation Week
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Bicol joined
the 1st Fish is Life Festival in nationwide celebration of the
47th Fish Conservation Week or FISHCON (October 17-23) at the
Megatrade Hall 1 in SM Mega Mall B on October 18-20, 2010.
The festival featured a 3-in-1 show, namely Kaugnay Ako, Kabalikat
Kami and Kaya Natin where all the key players of the fishery sector
come together to provide the public relevant information and technical
know-how about the fisheries industry and to promote quality seafood
products at factory prices.
With the theme “Asenso sa pangisdaan makakamit sa sama-samang
pagtutulungan," government agencies such as the BFAR including
its regional offices and national centers, other national government
agencies, non-government agencies and fisherfolk organizations
showcased their banner programs under the KAUGNAY AKO agency exhibits.
Meanwhile, producers of various kinds of fish and fishery products
offered their products for sale at reduced prices under the KABALIKAT
KAMI Producers Show with free taste testing, free product samples
and other promos for the early birds.
BFAR-Bicol showcased the capiz shells handicraft of Sorsogon
City which is becoming a profitable livelihood for the red tide-affected
fisherfolk and their families along with other fishery products
from Bicol such as Tiwi, Albay’s seaweed noodles.
Moreover, the festival also featured lectures and techno-demos
on various livelihood opportunities in fisheries including strategies
on how to conserve and protect the aquatic resources in the KAYA
NATIN Techno-Livelihood Seminar Series.
BFAR Director Malcolm I. Sarmiento Jr. said that the festival
aims to provide a one-stop shop that would enable the public to
understand the intricacies of the sector as well as to provide
them livelihood opportunities that they could venture in especially
in their hometown provinces.
Meanwhile, BFAR-Bicol Regional Director Dennis del Socorro has
called on the participation of the Local Government Units (LGUs)
to hold their own activities in the celebration of the weeklong
event along with the BFAR-initiated installation of streamers
and media plugging regionwide.
In Sorsogon province, fingerlings dispersals and stocking to
communal waters were conducted in the municipalities of Barcelona,
Bulan, Casiguran, Castilla, Donsol, Gubat, Juban, Magallanes and
Pilar. Seaweed seedlings dispersals were held in Juban and Magallanes.
Moreover, coastal clean-up activities were also held in Casiguran,
Donsol and Juban. Mangrove planting and reforestation were also
done in Casiguran and Prieto Diaz. In the town of Casiguran, other
activities were educational tour, visitation of fishponds, symposium,
parlor games and contests on fishing activities as well as awarding
of the outstanding fisherfolk leader. In the whaleshark town of
Donsol, the LGU held information, education and communication
(IEC) activities about the Fish Conservation Week in coastal barangays,
schools and dissemination through an FM radio station. A hands-on
demo on danggit was conducted in Gubat town. In Juban, the LGU
sponsored a lecture on tilapia culture, seaweed farming, hands-on
demo on bangus deboning, sisig bangus, seaweeds noodles/chips,
deboned anchovy and film-showing on fish sanctuary as well as
MFARMC meeting. For its part, the City government of Sorsogon
conducted participatory coastal resources assessment in coastal
barangays, coastal clean-up and created an on-call, 24-hour dive
team for the immediate response action for manta rays protection
and conservation during its breeding and migration.
In Camarines Sur, the LGU of San Fernando strengthened its CRM
Program with the significant participation of BAR and NGO-Bicol
Convergence for Development Institution as partners; Inland Fisheries
Resource Management; awarded fishing gears to fisherfolk as livelihood
project and dispersed tilapia fingerlings. In the municipality
of Cabusao, the activities were coastal clean-up, coastal tree
planting, registration of fisherfolk and fingerlings dispersal
to fishpond operators and communal waters. In Barcelonita Fisheries
School in Cabusao, the FishCon Week Celebration held skills contest
on fish feed formulation, bangus deboning, gill net construction
and fishpond lay-outing. Coastal clean-up activities were scheduled
in Ragay and San Jose while tilapia fingerling dispersal was slated
in Canaman. The source of fingerlings is the Regional Freshwater
Fisheries Center of BFAR-5. In Libmanan, the LGU sponsored coastal
cleanup and scubasurero activities on October 22.
In Catanduanes, the BFAR Provincial Fisheries Office conducted
information dissemination drives to the community and schools.
Meanwhile in Tabaco City, a fish health management and sustainability
of the naturally produced native fish and fingerlings dispersal
for upland and coastal barangays was held.
Likewise, the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Council (RLECC)
Sub Committee on Fishing and Marine Environment Protection composed
of various law enforcement and regulatory agencies in Bicol (headed
by BFAR) also put up tarpaulins in their respective offices to
support the FISHCON. (rcanabe)
*Additional information taken from www.bfar.da.gov.ph
BFAR national and regional officials showed full support in the
celebration of the Fish is Life Festival held at SM Megamall on
October 18-20, 2010.
The BFAR-Bicol exhibit featured the capiz shells products from
Sorsogon City during the 1st Fish is Life Festival at SM Megamall
on October 18-20, 2010.
|BFAR national and regional officials showed full support
in the celebration of the Fish is Life Festival held at SM
Megamall on October 18-20, 2010.
||The BFAR-Bicol exhibit featured the capiz shells products
from Sorsogon City during the 1st Fish is Life Festival at
SM Megamall on October 18-20, 2010.
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RONALDO A. CANABE
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