BFAR: Pampanga PH’s top producer of tilapia, sugpo

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Monday, July 7, 2014

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga remains the country's top producer of tilapia and sugpo (prawn) and it is number two in mudcrab production, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said.

This was announced by BFAR Regional Director Remedios Ongtangco during the two-day orientation on different programs of various line agencies of the National Government held at Golden Pavillion, Fontana, inside the Clark Freeport Zone over the weekend, which was attended by Governor Lilia Pineda, department heads of the Provincial Government and the 149 village chiefs of the fourth district of Pampanga.

"We have booming tilapia, sugpo and mudcrab productions. We are number one! This is something that every kapampangan should be proud of. Let us support our fisherfolk," Pineda said.


Ongtangco said Pampanga has a production of 107,792.42 metric tons of tilapia in 2013, contributing 34 percent to the total national tilapia production.

"The province of Pampanga remains to be the top producer nationwide of sugpo with a production of 19,266.73 metric tons in 2013, contributing 39 percent of the total national sugpo production," Ongtangco said.

The BFAR director added that Pampanga is number two producer of mudcrab with a production of 3,896.91 metric tons in 2013 which contributed 25 percent to the total national mudcrab production.

In the whole of Central Luzon, Pampang contributed 60 percent of the total regional fisheries production in 2013 followed by Bulacan, 16 percent; Bataan, nine percent; Zambales, nine percent; Tarlac, three percent; Nueva Ecija, two percent and Aurora, one percent.

The aquaculture production accounts for 92 percent of the total provincial fisheries production of 162,455.08 metric tons in 2013.

Ongtangco said in marine resources, the major species caught in the fishing grounds of Pampanga bay and Manila bay are tilapia, swahe, blue swimming crab, sardines, “bidbid”, “buwan-buwan”, “gasang”, and a collection of bivalves and snails used mainly for feeding of shrimps.

In inland resources, the major aquaculture species caught are tilapia, milkfish, mudcrab, shrimp (P. vannamei and P. monodon), catfish and mudfish.

For fresh water, Pampanga has a total fishpond area of 4,812.73 hectares and for brackish water, it has 11,678.34 hectares, with a grand total fishpond area of 16,491.07 hectares.

The province has 3,729 hectares of aqua farms manned by 3,685 fishpond operators for fresh water. For brackish water, Pampanga has 1,634 hectares with 1,609 fishpond operators.

The province has registered fisherfolk of at least 14,656 as of June, this year with 1,136 motorized bancas and 725 non-motorized bancas.
The major fishing gears used by the fisherfolk are gillnet, push net, scoop net and trawl. (Joel P. Mapiles/Pampanga PIO)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 08, 2014.

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