Congressman eyes partnership with SEAFDEC/AQD to develop aquaculture in Masbate

By Development Communication Section

Masbate Rep. Scott Davies Lanete (center) inquires about the details of SEAFDEC/AQD’s ICDSA program. With him are Dr. Edgar Amar (left) and Dr. Leobert de la Peña (right).

Congressman Scott Davies Lanete of the third district of Masbate visited SEAFDEC/AQD in 15 March 2018 to explore a possible linkage towards developing aquaculture in Masbate.

Lanete said that as a coastal province, the common livelihood of the people in Masbate is related to aquafarming. “I want to improve the economic condition of the people and a science-based aquaculture technology will surely help,” he said.

Lanete was particularly interested in the culture of grouper and breeding of mud crab. “Wala kasing breeders sa amin, walang crablets (We do not have crab breeders and crablets in Masbate),” he said.  Other commodities of interest are sea bass, oyster, and abalone culture.

While Masbate is rich in natural resources, Lanete said that its potential is not fully maximized, thus his resolve to push for aquaculture development.

From my end, ito ang kaya kong e-contribute, ang aquaculture industry, kasi I’m also interested in farming (From my end, the aquaculture industry is the one where I can contribute since I’m also interested in farming),” said Lanete.

To help Lanete concretize his plans for Masbate, Training and Information Division Head Dr. Edgar Amar introduced the Institutional Capacity Development for Sustainable Aquaculture (ICDSA) program of SEAFDEC/AQD.

Amar explained that through the ICDSA program, local government units and fisherfolk organizations can collaborate with SEAFDEC/AQD to build capacities of target beneficiaries by providing appropriate knowledge and skills.

Launched in 2006, the ICDSA program of SEAFDEC/AQD has assisted communities in Oriental Mindoro, Capiz, Antique, Palawan, Guimaras, Iloilo, Aurora, Camarines Sur, Northern Samar, Misamis Occidental, Davao, and Tawi-Tawi.

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