SEAFDEC Guimaras – paradise of bounty fishes PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:57

Pep Talk had the opportunity to visit SEAFDEC (South East Asian Fisheries Development Center) Marine Sanctuary last weekend in Barangay Igang, Valencia, Guimaras Island last week with some men of Iloilo Christian Missionary Church (ICMAC). My Dad came along with us. Aside from reconnecting with Ilonggo friends and bonding with them, the trip became an educational trip too.

Guimaras is the little gem east island of Iloilo. Famous for its world-class mangoes, the island has bountiful of tourist attractions: white beaches, coves, caves, public and private resorts, and the must visit SEAFDEC. It is a government-owned facility that promotes sustainable fisheries development in South East Asia. Researchers from across the region come to this place to conduct their studies.

The Igang Marine Station (IMS) of SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) is located on the southwest portion of Guimaras Island in the Philippines. It is composed of four islets and clusters of floating fish cages interconnected by floating foot bridges. The station maintains hundreds of broodstock of various commercially important species that provide eggs for research and production runs.

To share their marine learning, SEAFDEC conducts a short tour of their breeding cages to visitors. A short lecture about the place is given first before the walk around the floating cages for actual feeding of the fishes.  Their fish cages contain groupers (Lapu-Lapu), milk fish, and other varieties of fishes caught in the wild are being breed here.

What amazed us is their two big 16 year old Lapu-Lapu that weights more than 100 kilos each that emerged from the water when the caretaker was about to feed them. They are the biggest Lapu-Lapu I have seen but I learned that the smaller size are priced higher and taste better.

Since SEAFDEC is designed for breeding, these giant Lapu-lapus are not for sale. Their eggs are taken for hatching and are sold as fingerlings.

SEAFDEC offers training courses on marine fish hatchery and on sustainable aquaculture in coordination with local government units, and also to interested private individuals, fishing companies, and fishery schools. Book manuals on marine life are for sale in their souvenir store.

Pep Talk hopes that Zamboanga City can tap the services of SEAFDEC and help improve the livelihood of our local fisher folks. Our city can produced export high quality quality fishes without necessary going out there in the open Sulu Seas in the future where dangers await.

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By Dante Corteza

Job 12:7-10 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (NIV)