Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The provincial government thru its fishery fish farms has dispersed anew a total of 110,000 pieces of tilapia fingerlings in two batches to 16 different communal bodies in two cities and three municipalities of Pangasinan.

Dalisay Moya, OIC of the Provincial Agriculture’s Office, said that the fingerlings were dispersed in different locations specifically in the cities of San Carlos and Urdaneta and in the towns of Calasiao, Sta. Barbara and Mapandan.

Some 55,000 pieces of fingerlings, according to Moya, were dispersed last April 7 coming from the fish production of the San Quintin Provincial Freshwater Fish Hatchery while another 55,000 fingerlings were dispersed last April 12 from the production of the Libsong Fish Farm here.

Moya said that the two fish farms owned by the province has produced tilapia fingerlings of good quality known as brackishwater enhanced saline tilapia purposely for dispersal to communal bodies of water like rivers, creeks, water impounding projects, dams and irrigation systems as fishery production areas.

She further disclosed that the present administration has been relentless in increasing fish production thru aquaculture in ponds and fish cages and fish stock enhancement through this undertaking that provided access to fisherfarmers of Pangasinan in procuring good quality tilapia fingerlings, unlike in the past when they have to get fingerlings from Tarlac or Nueva Ecija.

Furthermore, Moya noted that the project enhances fish population in communal bodies of water increasing fish catch of sustenance fisherfolks, thus, increasing their income.

It will be recalled that the provincial government under the leadership of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has developed a tilapia hatchery with a total area of about 7,600 sq. meter in Brgy. Gonzalo, San Quintin and upgraded the existing 1,840 sq. meter tilapia hatchery in Brgy. Libsong, Lingayen.

The development of the fish hatchery in San Quintin was completed on the second quarter of 2008 but its operation started later that year.

All the tilapia fingerlings that were dispersed were sourced out from these facilities.

More fingerling dispersal projects are underway. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)

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