By Development Communication Section / ME Aldon
Satisfied with the success of the project in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Japan will continue funding the community-based resource enhancement project to be replicated in Bicol region next year.
The ongoing project in Molocaboc Island, Sagay City will be continued until 2019 to work on the establishment of a solar-powered abalone hatchery that will supply the seedstock requirements for stock enhancement, sea ranching or culture, and fine-tune project exit strategies, among others.
On the other hand, Japan through the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences is also funding the integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) project – an integrated culture of milkfish, seaweeds, and sandfish – in Pandaraonan, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. The IMTA project aims to sustain the economic benefits and entrepreneurial skills of fisherfolk, including women. The project gained positive feedback from the fisherfolk.
Dr. Nerissa Salayo, the main proponent of the project said that the project will enable the fisherfolk and the women sector in fisheries to be trained to become less dependent on government support and services.
Recognizing the importance of aquaculture as a major source of food fish, SEAFDEC/AQD takes a pro-active role in addressing the needs of the fisheries industry.