Dorie Ticao, Finfish Hatcheries Inc. operations manager, said the activity aims to help the government in its bid to replenish the dwindling fish population that could be attributed to illegal- and over-fishing.
"We do this in a regular basis. This is our way of helping our government na maparami ang mga isda sa Sarangani Bay. Ibinabalik lang din namin ang biyaya na bigay ng Bay," Ticao said.
Alfeo G. Piloton, regional director of BFAR 12, said this seeding of the bay is in line with the "Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita” initiative of the Department of Agriculture as part of the food security program as priority agenda of the Duterte administration.
"Actually in line ito sa programa ng Department of Agriculture na ‘Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita’. Talagang pino-promote natin ang food security program as part of the agenda ng administrasyon ni President Duterte,” Piloton said.
"Isa man lang ang purpose nito, pagkain para sa lahat. Kaya nagpapasalamat kami sa Alsons lalo na sa Finfish Hatcheries sa walang sawang suporta,” he added.
Last June 2017, FHI also released giant Lapu-Lapu spawners at the marine protected area in Maasim to help replenish the grouper (lapu-lapu) population in the area. (Cocoy Sexcion for SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
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