Councilor Mike Alavar, Congresswoman Lilia Nuño represented by Hana Nuño, officials of the Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources recently turned over seaweed seedlings and farm implements to at least 100 seaweed farmers and fisherfolks in barangay Tictapul, this city.
Alavar said the seaweed farmers and fishermen from the barangays of Tictapul, Tumitus, Limaong, Taguiti and Tigbalabag all converged at the Tictapul barangay hall for the turnover of the fishing gears and seaweed inputs.
He said representatives of BFAR and Department of Agriculture also provided training on good aquaculture practices for seaweed farming as well as post harvest technology to the participants.
According to Alavar, seaweed farming is an alternative livelihood for small scale fisheries which has become a popular policy to uplift the socio-economic status of small-scale fishers and to reduce fishing pressure on overexploited fisheries.
Seaweed farming has been incorporated into many community-based coastal resources management projects and fisheries management initiatives as an alternative livelihood option for fishers in tropical developing countries like the Philippines.
First, it is often assumed that small-scale fishers are poor and that this is related in many cases to the overexploited nature of the resource, the councilor said.
Secondly, it is assumed that fishers are willing to give up fishing in favor of more lucrative economic opportunities, such as seaweed farming. Lastly, it is assumed that as fishers take up alternative livelihoods such as seaweed farming, this will reduce pressure on the fisheries.
Barangay officials of the five barangays and the fishermen themselves thanked the city officials for the farm inputs as thus will surely enhance their capabilities in their source of revenue. (Nonong Santiago)
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