CITY OF SAN FERNANDO- -- An indigenous fishing community in San Luis town in Aurora province recently received seaweed seedlings from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Central Luzon.
The program is expected to fishermen improve their livelihood.
The 700 kilograms of seaweed seedlings were produced by the BFAR Technology Outreach Station for Marine Water in Masinloc, Zambales.
The seedlings were given to the Indigenous Fisherfolk Association of Dibut in the town as another means to boost their income.
BFAR said the group will be able to create seaweed farms along their coastline that could provide them a stable source of income.
Aside from the alternative source of livelihood, the indigenous fishers will be able to help in environmental preservation.
BFAR said that seaweed cultivation helps in the restoration and protection of marine ecosystems by acting as a natural filter, absorbing excess nutrients and reducing coastal erosion.
Other fishing communities in the province which received 200 kilos of seaweed seedlings are Barangay Dibaraybay in Dinalungan town and Barangays Ditinagyan and San Ildefonso, both in Casiguran.