By Development Communication Section
Over 1500 participants from different parts of the Philippines gathered to attend the National Fisheries Industry Summit and 1st Bangus Congress organized by Philippine Milkfish Industry Group Inc. (PHILMIG) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) at the Philippine Trade Training Center, Pasay City from 3 to 5 February 2016.
SEAFDEC/AQD Associate Scientist Dr. Nerissa Salayo and SEAFDEC/AQD Scientist Dr. Relicardo Coloso presented their research on Integrated Multi-tropic Aquaculture and Milkfish Nutrition Management, respectively. SEAFDEC/AQD also made its information and technologies available to the participants in a trade exhibition that happened simultaneously with the congress.
The three-day congress started with the National Fisheries Industry Summit where the Comprehensive National Fisheries Industry Development Plan for 2016 to 2020 was presented to the stakeholders. Technical sessions with experts and sharing of success stories from the industry and views from third-party observers followed.
The event was spearheaded by Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and BFAR National Director Atty. Asis Perez and was graced by other government officials including Senator Cynthia Villar, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture.