A TOTAL of 19 aquaculture farms, mostly into milkfish production, had been recently registered in Davao Region, data from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said.
Milkfish farms included in these 19 newly-registered aquaculture farms include Derequito Fish Farm in Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur (1,100 square meters), Malalag Bay Aquaculture and Processing Corporation also in Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur (10 hectares), RBM Aqua Farm in Tagum City (24 hectares), RDEX Food International Phil. Inc. in Sta. Maria (5 hectares), WPM Resources Development Corporation still in Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur (13,248 square meters), Derequito Fish Farm in Padada, Davao del Sur (40 hectares), MRL Enterprises in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur (2,000 square meters), RCJP Fish Farm in Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental (7,000 square meters), and M&M Marine Enterprise in Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur (2 hectares).
Malalag Sea Cage Farm in Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur, which is 30 hectares wide produces a combination of milkfish and siganids as well as Alma Lao Bangus Grower in Malalag, Davao del Sur with a total area of 5 has. Malalag Bay Aquaculture and Processing Corporation, still in Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur, and is 5 has. wide, produces both whiteleg shrimps and tilapia. Biao Fish Cages, an hectare wide fish farm in Digos, produces milkfish, siganids, trevally.
Embodo Marine Fish Cages in Panabo City, Davao del Norte, which has an area of 500 square meters, produces both milkfish and danggit while the Derequito Fish Farm in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur, which is 42 has. wide, produces both milkfish and tilapia. Pop Agri-Best Venture, Inc. exclusively produces shrimp in their 3.5 hectares fish farm in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.
Exclusive tilapia-producing farms include the Aposacas Hatchery in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley (5,871 square meters), Pacatang Fish Cages in Panabo City (400 square meters), and the Aqua Penon Farm & Hatchery in Carmen, Davao del Norte (4.5 hectares).
In a separate interview with BFAR Davao Regional Director Fatma Idris, she said the fish production in the region had reached P2.7 billion after the implementation of the Davao Gulf Close season from 2014 to 2016.
She said an 8.5 % increase was recorded within the 3-year period with the production value starting at P2.52 billion in 2014.
Just recently BFAR Davao Region had been on heightened alert after an outbreak of Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV) in Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, and Thailand. Though there were no cases reported in the country, BFAR Davao Region remained to be vigilant as tilapia-producing farms continue to flourish in the region. (JPA)