By PR | 09:32 PM March 18, 2021
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR Region 7) and the Bohol Island State University (BISU) in Tagbilaran City have forged an agreement for the production of milkfish or bangus fingerlings, locally known as “garungan,” with an aim to boost the province’s bangus industry.
The signing of Memorandum of Agreement happened earlier today, March 18, with the presence of BFAR 7 and BISU officials. BFAR 7 was led by its Regional Director Dr. Allan Poquita and Candido Samijon, head of the Bohol Provincial Fishery Office (PFO).
Samijon said the bureau will give to the university 1.05 million fry to be delivered in three separate production cycles.
He said BISU will provide the site for the at least 2 hectare fish pond, particularly at the university’s Candijay campus. Also, BISU will share some farm inputs and employ pond caretakers.
Samijon said BFAR, through Bohol PFO, will render technical assistance to guide the university and will train the caretakers for a week at the BFAR 7 – Central Visayas Multi-Species Nursery Demonstration and Training Center in Bentig, Calape to capacitate their skills in garungan production.
Moreover, he said that as to sharing, the 90 percent of the marketable fingerling production goes to BISU and some will be sold to neighboring fish cage operators.
The 10 percent share is for BFAR, he added, that will be used in augmenting the fingerling supply of the bureau and the fishery projects of the local government units in the province.
“This project will also support mariculture parks and, at the same time, will serve as training facility for fishery students,” said Samijon.