Sarangani donates 5 million 'bangus' fry to Batangas, Pangasinan
by Marjorie M. Arriola - Thursday, 16 June 2011, 01:16 PM
Balita, June 15, 2011 10:58 pm

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 15 – The provincial government of Sarangani is sending some five million "bangus" (milkfish) fry to Pangasinan and Batangas provinces in a bid to help replenish the fish stocks that were ravaged by a massive fish kill in the area since last month.

Sarangani Governor Miguel Rene Dominguez said on Wednesday that the stocks would be distributed within the next few days by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to fish pen operators in areas that were heavily affected by the fish kill.

He said the milkfish fry, which were sourced from a local hatchery, would be shipped soon to BFAR in Manila via a commercial flight from this city.

“This is some sort of relief for our fish pen operators there as they continue to recover from the impact of the fish kill,” the governor said.

He said the bangus fry were provided for free by Finfish Hatcheries based in Malapatan town in Sarangani and homegrown milkfish producer, Alsons Aquaculture Corporation, in partnership with the local government.

The two companies form part of the Alcantara Group’s aquaculture business unit, which is considered the single biggest producer and processor of milkfish in the country.

The Sarangani-based venture, which produces the Sarangani Bay Prime Bangus, currently accounts for about half of the country's bangus fry requirement.

The governor said the initiative was also supported by Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao, who is vice chair of the House of Representatives’ committee on fisheries and aquaculture resources.

Dominguez said they will make sure that the packed fry would be promptly transported to Luzon and arrive in time for their restocking.

He said the donated fry and their freight cost to Manila were estimated at some P3 million.

These stocks are expected to produce some 2.5 million kilos of bangus when eventually harvested, he said
“We hope that this will help speed up the revival of the milkfish industry in Pangasinan and other affected areas,” Dominguez said.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) had placed the damage caused by the fish kill in Pangasinan and Batangas provinces at P190.71 million.

It said the massive fish kill, which were blamed on the overstocking and the congestion of fish pens, had affected 374 fish cages of 23 operators in Batangas and 108 cages of 39 operators in six villages in Pangasinan.


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