Pagadian: MMK Awardee Reaps Fruit Of Prize


Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur – After five months of culture, the Dumalinao Fisherfolk Federated Association (DuFFed) harvested their two units 10-meter diameter High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) fish cage, commonly called as Norwegian cage, on October 11, 2021, in Brgy. Pantad, Dumalinao, Zamboanga Del Sur. The cages were awarded to DuFFed for winning the first prize of the BFAR Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) National Search for the Country’s Outstanding Coastal Community CY 2019.

Each fish cage was stocked with 15,000 pieces of Bangus fingerlings or “garungan” which were sourced from the BFAR-IX Ipil Brackishwater Demonstration Fish Farm (IBDFF) in Sanito, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay last May 10, 2021. The harvest was jointly spearheaded by the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) and Coastal Resource Management Office (CRMO) of the local government of Dumalinao and participated by all members and leaders of the eight fisherfolk associations under DuFFed, covering the seven coastal barangays of the municipality, namely: Pantad, San Agustin, Rebokon, Metokong, Bibilik, Mama and Bag-Ong Silao.

The event was witnessed by Mr. Marlon B. Dagandan, OIC-Chief, Fisheries Production & Support Services Division (FPSSD), Ms. Mona E. Macabuat, Provincial Fishery Officer, ZDS with Municipal Mayor Hon. Junaflor Sweet Cerilles of Dumalinao, ZDS.

The harvest operation started at 4:00 p.m. on October 11 and ended at about 4:00 a.m. of the next day yielding over six tons of Bangus, with sizes ranging from 500 to 200 grams (2:1 – 5:1). The fishes were scooped from the confined space of the fish cage nets and tossed inside a chilling tank filled with water and crushed ice. Once immobile, the fish were then segregated in plastic trays according to sizes before they were weighed and packed inside plastic cooler boxes for transport.

Over 4,872 kilograms were sold to a buyer in Cebu, named Mr. Christopher Quizon, taking two major sizes of the yield – 1:2 sold at Php 135/kg and a mixture of 5:2 & 3:1 sold at ₱ 127/kg. Over 700 kilograms of the remaining smaller sizes were sold to several local buyers and traders. The rest were partaken equitably by all the beneficiaries and stakeholders of the fish cage.

(News & photo courtesy of BFAR 9)

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