The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of San Jose-Department of Agriculture under the administration of Mayor Antonio B. Chavez conducted the stocking of Tilapia fingerlings at Tagas, San Jose, Camarines Sur last December 13, 2016. The BFAR provided five thousand tilapia fingerlings including red tilapia that aims to serve as additional livelihood for the residents and farmers of the said barangay.
Accordingly, they further aim to provide assistance to local government in the management and development of fisheries resources within municipal waters by giving supplies and materials for the hapa-based project and for the establishment of brush park and labor on cash for work basis; provide potential breeders/fingerlings for stocking in the hapa-based and brush park projects; implement a stock enhancement program in the barangay and shall establish the culture-based open water fisheries and give funds for the brush park establishment; hire the members of the association as laborers, and provide the guidelines for the cash.
The stocking of the fingerlings in Tagas dam was led by Mrs. Aida Andayog, RFRDC Manager and Focal Person for Inland Fisheries Enhancement Program together with Municipal Agriculturist, Mr. Adolfo C. Bruzo, and DA personnel namely: Mr. Joe Pollero, George Hufancia, Jennelyn Ceron, who are all Agricultural Technologist and participated by some residents and farmers.
Likewise, Mrs. Andayog discussed the importance of the stocking of fingerlings and different prohibited ways of fishing and its penalties according to RA 8550 (Fisheries Code of 1998) as amended by RA 10654 which includes Section 92A (Electro Fishing); Section 92B (Fishing with use of Noxious or Poisonous Substance) and Section 93 (Use of Fine Mesh Net).
The BFAR Team also compensated the residents who labored in the improvement of the barangay dam and distributed t-shirts, both to the laborers and LGU-San Jose representatives.