BFAR to disperse high saline tilapia, bangus to Iloilo River

January 13, 2015 4:49 am 

ILOILO CITY, Jan 12 — Some 20,000 high saline tilapia and 20,000 bangus fingerlings will be dispersed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) here to the Iloilo River in 2015.

The dispersal of tilapia and bangus is part of the interventions that BFAR will extend in line with the ongoing efforts to rehabilitate Iloilo and Batiano rivers.

Every quarter the agency will disperse 5,000 tilapia juveniles and 10, 000 bangus fingerlings, according to BFAR fisheries officer Edna Janeo.

Janeo added that they will undertake regulation of the area where the species are dispersed to ensure protection. She underscored that fine mesh nets will not be allowed instead during the collection and instead they encourage the use of hook and line.

The 11-kilometer Iloilo River is home to 22 of the 35 mangrove species that can be found in the country. It also provides sanctuary to crabs and various fish species. (PNA)

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