LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 30 (PNA) –- Some 30 legitimate fishermen of this city received 35,000 tilapia fingerlings from the Legazpi City Agriculture Office (LCAO) and the Albay Provincial Fishery Development Office (APFDO) to increase fish production in the city.
City Agriculturist Jesus Kallos and APFDO head Ariel Poquinto made the distribution Tuesday at the LCAO here.
This is the second time that the fishermen received tilapia fingerlings from the city government after the successful raising and production of the first batch distributed during the time of former Mayor Geraldine Rosal.
Kallos urged the beneficiaries to properly manage their fingerlings for them to achieve the necessary volume of production and give the consuming public good quality tilapia at a reasonable price.
He told them that his office will monitor all the fishponds where these fingerlings are located and all the beneficiary fishermen will receive technical assistance from his office.
Kallos urged legitimate fishermen to work hand in hand for the proper way of catching fish and to prevent illegal fishing activity to preserve the juvenile fishes.
The city agriculturist said he will ask the help of barangay officials and eco-managers of the 70 villages to remind the constituents, especially those living near the river side, that throwing garbage in the rivers is strictly prohibited under RA 9003 and under City Ordinance No. 0017-2009.
These two pieces of legislation, he said, are strictly being implemented by the city government to further prevent the contamination of the rivers and to make sure that the flowing water is always clean and not poisonous to the fishes.
Poquinto, on the other hand, told the fishermen that during harvest time, they should pull all the fishes out of the fishponds to see to it that not one is left in the water to prevent the inbreeding of tilapia because it will result in less fish weight.
He said his office is very willing to give any volume of fingerlings to all legitimate fishermen in this city.
The provincial official said they will recommend the putting up of a tilapia hatchery in the city.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD