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Olongapo fishermen receive 12K ‘bangus’ fingerlings from BFAR.

As part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to help develop the local fish sector in the region, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Central Luzon (BFAR-3) has supplied an additional 12,000 “bangus” (milkfish) fingerlings to a fisherfolk group in Olongapo City.

The offering of bangus fingerlings, according to BFAR-3 Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz, intends to enable the fisherfolk association in Barangay Pag-asa, Olongapo City, to maintain their livelihood.

In December of last year, the BFAR-3, in collaboration with the municipal government, issued the fisherfolk an initial batch of 10,800 bangus fingerlings.

In an interview, Cruz remarked, “We offered additional fingerlings in order to preserve the livelihood we established for the fisherfolks.”

Last month, the group collected 230 kg of bangus, which were sold at a reduced price to Olongapo “tinapa” (smoked fish) makers and distributed to selected areas for free.

The fisherfolk organization is expecting to harvest 3,500 to 4,000 pieces of bangus this month, according to Olongapo City agriculture officer Francis Ela Maniago.

Maniago led the introduction of extra bangus fingerlings to the BFAR-3 fish cage in Pag-asa River on Wednesday.

“Maraming salamat sa lahat ng tumulong upang maisakatuparan ang proyektong ito (Many thanks to everybody who helped make this project a reality),” the fisherfolk association said.

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