BFAR gets support from commercial fisheries sector

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011


MEMBERS of the Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food Inc. (PCAFI) representing various sub-sectors of the fisheries industry expressed Monday their support to the new program thrusts and layout plans of collaboration with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

These include the resource conservation approach to increasing fish production, strengthening of R & D capability, and restoration of degraded coastal waters, which includes mangrove reforestation.

The group also welcomed BFAR’s move to streamline bureaucratic procedures, transparency, consistency and pro-active approach.

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“By organizing the various fisheries sub-sectors into one group, they can more actively participate in the developmental programs of the government. The biggest challenge in the global market today is the stringent requirements for food safety and resource sustainability which require certification from the point where the products are grown and harvested or caught up to the time they are to be distributed to consumers.”

“The various industry players have to start talking to each other seriously this time to effectively and efficiently produce what the markets require,” PCAFI stressed as it manifested willingness to collaborate with BFAR “in easing up fishing pressure in Philippine waters while supplying Filipinos with affordable fish products.”

This can be done by engaging in sustainable aquaculture production and encouraging cooperation between commercial and municipal fishers especially in areas that can still sustain fishing compliant to the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, the group said.

It also committed its cooperation in expanding present and developing new markets for seafood products as well as develop new seafood products that would be acceptable to international standards and in making local produce globally-competitive “through consistency in quality and volume at a cost that is lower than imported fishery products of the same kind.”

PCAFI members in the fisheries sector include aquaculture companies engaged in the propagation of milkfish, tilapia and other high value marine fish; aquaculture companies engaged in grow-out; deep-sea fishing companies; aquaculture feed companies; fish cage designer and fabricator; ornamental fish companies; fish processing and canning companies; seafood exporters; seafood marketing companies and consignacion. (CGC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 12, 2011.

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