‘Tienda sa FishCon’ promoteslocal innovative food products

THE “Tienda sa FishCon” food exhibit during the 60th National Fish Conservation (FishCon)
Week this year features a variety of fish and fishery products from the provinces across the Western Visayas region like seaweed crackers, bangus lumpia, bangus siomai, artisanal sea salt roasted with
lemon grass, and mussel kropek, among others.

A total of 14 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental were given the opportunity to feature their products in the seafood trade and exhibit displayed at the DA- BFAR Regional Office, Muelle St., Iloilo City.

Meanwhile, a series of webinars dubbed “Fish Talk sa FishCon” conducted from September 18 to 22 tackled several topics such as Learnings from Artificial Reef, Development Program on Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), Aquatic Animal Health Management and Quarantine Measures, and Development of Farmers’ Cooperatives.

DA-BFAR 6 regional director Remia Aparri in her message during this Fish Conservation Week told stakeholders to engage in productive discussions, share innovative ideas, and renew their commitment to building a future where abundant fisheries fuel a booming economy

“I am confident that our collective efforts will lead to a brighter and more sustainable future for our beloved Philippines,” Aparri said.

With this, several orientations to address some pressing concerns relative to fisheries, distributions of support, and various training across Western Visayas will be carried out for the weeklong FishCon 2023 celebration.

The distribution of Tilapia Fingerlings and provision of technical support were done in Bacolod City; cluster orientations for the Shellfish Livelihood Program were done in Banate, Batad, and San Dionisio, Iloilo; and Fish Processing training was conducted in Hamtic town, province of Antique.

Moreover, the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Index and Threat Assessment Tool were rolled out in the towns of New Washington in Aklan and Roxas City in Capiz.

Distribution of milkfish fingerlings was made in Jordan, Guimaras, while dispersals of tilapia fingerlings are set to be done on Sept. 21 in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, and the towns of San Remigio and Valderrama in Antique.