Monday, March 28, 2016

BFAR okays limited number of fish cages but far from Davao Gulf shorelines

DAVAO CITY, March 28 (PIA) The Bureau of Fisheries and Natural Resources XI stands firm with its recommendation for fish cages to locate farther than closer the shoreline of the city to keep the fishes from dirt and pollution.

Raul Millana, officer-in-charge of the fish production division of the BFAR XI cited the increasing coliform contamination of the Davao Gulf due to the many households at the shoreline and along Davao River which goes out to the Davao Gulf.

He said the BFAR has recommended to relocate and to minimize the number of fish cages on the deeper part of the Davao Gulf in order to sustain its operation.

“As long as fish cages are located at the deeper portion of the Gulf and away from the shorelines, we are assured of their sustainability,” Millana said.

He however stressed that the sea close to Davao City and even near the Island Garden City of Samal is highly polluted.

Millana said the fish yields from Davao Gulf remain manageable given the availability of the marine aquaculture sites in Davao del Norte and Davao del Sur which support as breeding ground for fishes.

He said the closing of the fishing season which ended in September 2015 had helped a lot on ensuring that the fish varieties to multiply.  (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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