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BFAR-7 and OPA conduct hands-on training on Tilapia hatchery and nursery operations

In an effort of the province of Bohol to increase production of Tilapia fry and fingerlings, and provide invaluable
knowledge and skills on how to operate and manage Tilapia hatchery and nursery, the Bureau of Fisheries and
Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-7 with the strong collaboration of the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) through
the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) had just conducted the Hands-on Training Workshop on Tilapia
Hatchery Operation and Nursery Management last February 12-16, 2024 in Clarin Freshwater Fish Farm (CFFF) at
Caluwasan, Clarin, Bohol.

The five-day training were conducted by Provincial Fishery Officer Candido Samijon and Pedro Milana, Officer-
In-Charge, Clarin Freshwater Fish Farm and participated by the Municipal Agriculturists (MAs) and Fishery
Technicians (FTs) from the towns of Pilar, Sevilla, and Valencia; Fishery Technician from Talibon; staff from the
Fishery Division, OPA; and private individual.

The training workshop includes: proper pond preparation, stocking sexing, clipping, dissecting, collection of
eggs and incubation, collection of fry and fingerlings, feeding, counting sizing, packing, among others.

The workshop was also intended for the MAs and FTs of Pilar, Sevilla, Valencia and Talibon as these
municipalities are set to receive the amount of P1.5 million each from the provincial government for the
establishment of the hatchery in their respective locality of which the processes have been ongoing.
The PGBh through the ISDA Program of OPA has continued to work to address the low supply of fish to feed
the 1.4M Boholanos at 38 kilograms per capita consumption and the soaring price of such commodity in Bohol.

Provincial Agriculturist Liza M. Quirog disclosed that the provincial government has been aggressively
implementing more interventions for the development of inland fisheries (Tilapia and Hito), Bangus Aquaculture,
Marine Aquaculture (Fish Cages) as she urged the Boholanos fish consuming public to eat Tilapia, Hito and Bangus
as the alternative for the captured fish.

Along with this quest, Quirog also bared that on March 21, the OPA with Governor Erico Aristotle C.
Aumentado will turn over the 41 units of 22-Footer Fabricated Motorized Fiber Glass Boats to 41 fishermen’s
associations from the six coastal/island barangays to be held in Talibon of which of the 41 boats, 15 units for
Talibon, 7 units each for Inabanga and Buenavista, 6 (Getafe), 4 (CPG), and two units for Tubigon.

She stressed that there are 100 units of this kind of boats powered by 7.5 Horsepower (HP) where 31 units of
these were already turn over to Bien Unido (20 units) and Ubay (11 units) as the fabrication works are ongoing for
the remaining units such boats were acquired under the Typhoon Odette and COVID-19 Intervention Program in CY

According to Quirog for CY 2024-2025, the provincial government aimed to provide and distribute another set
of 120 units to the fishermen’s associations in Garcia Hernandez, Getafe, CPG, Buenavista, Inabanga,  Clarin,
Trinidad, Panglao, Dauis, Loon, Candijay, Mabini, Anda, Calape, Guindulman, Valencia, Loay, Alburguerque,
Baclayon and Tagbilaran and other coastal/island barangays and municipalities to be used in their daily livelihood
activities that support and sustain the basic needs of their families as well as increase fish catch and fish
production. By Atoy Cosap