Sulu to develop 10 lagoons for fish hatchery, nursery PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 June 2013 11:01

JOLO, Sulu  – The  provincial government here will embark on a Natural Fish Hatchery and Nursery by utilizing the many lagoons in the province for culturing and sea ranching of cultivable “invertebrates and  finfishes.”

Outgoing Sulu Gov Abdusakur M. Tan said  his administration and the incoming  leadership  has both agreed to utilize these existing natural lagoons for fingerling production of cultivable species.

The governor explained to newsmen here that invertebrates are sea creatures  like  sea cucumber (balat) , sea urchin (tihi- tihi), sea anemonae, abalone (lappas), sea mantis (Kamon), crab (alimasag), sea horse  (undok- undok), lobster (kaullang), sponges, decorative coral and shellfishes.

Cultivable finfish are milkfish (bangus), siganid (danggit), grouper (lapu-lapu), sea bass (apahap), parrot fishes (mulmul), stone fish (loppoh), squid, octopus, and tropical aquarium fishes.

Tan said the only major expense for the provincial government here to make the lagoons productive is  in the procurement of breeders and broodstock, assorted fingerlings, shellfish dispersal, planting of sea grasses and seaweeds, coral farming, installation of artificial reefs, fish shelter and hides.

“Putting up a fish hatchery is very  expensive. The  national government through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources  (BFAR) is spending  about P15-30 Million for  bangus hatchery and private groups spend about P50 million in putting up a multi-specie hatchery,” said Tan citing some records of government in putting up fish hatchery in many parts of the country.

He added that the  provincial government is now sourcing out funds for miscellaneous expenses in developing these lagoons, like  the procurement of ropes, nets and other local materials.

Maintenance of a natural hatchery and nursery is so minimal since stock of fish are just left behind “freely and naturally” laying their eggs with “no feeding” involved, he said.

Tan said Perfecto I Orbita, an expert in mariculture farming who also works as consultant of BFAR,  is now helping him develop the concept which when realized will help fishermen uplift their economic living condition.

Orbita reported to  Gov Tan that Sulu houses about 10 lagoons with a combined  area of at least 1,500 hectares and are located in Tara Island  in  Siasi, (Sulu): Tapaan Island in Pandami, (Sulu): Patian Island in Pata, (Sulu): Cabingaan Island in Tapul, (Sulu): Teomabal Island in Maimbung, (Sulu): Sulare Island in Parang, (Sulu): Pitogo Karungdong in Kalingalan Caluang, (Sulu): Bangas Pagasinan Island in Panglima Tahil, (Sulu): North Ubian Island in Pangutaran, (Sulu): and Gujangan Island in Panamao (Sulu).

Orbita described coastal lagoons as an “inland bodies of water with little or no fresh water inflow, and little tidal flow,  or a  “lagoon” is a body of water with some degree of salinity.” — Nonoy E. Lacson