TO minimize the adverse effects of the El Niño phenomenon to fisheries sector, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has lined up several measures as it warned the public on the challenges posed by the weather condition.
BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona said the BFAR will help to minimize the effects through continuous awareness and information campaign, monitoring and issuance of red tide bulletins and provision of alternative livelihood and technical services to affected stakeholders.
“We are intent on countering even more serious problems by encouraging fish farmers and other fisheries stakeholders to employ El Niño mitigating measures, especially in aquaculture,” Gongona said.
Some of the mitigating measures for El Niño to be implemented by the BFAR include the Observance of Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP) such as following recommended stocking rate and feeding in fish farms to lower the risk of fish kill and the reinforcement of dike peripheral for increased water holding.
In the reinforcement of dike peripheral, the activities to be done include the deepening of the fishponds from 1.0 to 1.5 meters by tidal intrusion; use of water re-circulating system; use of species tolerant to changes in salinity; and disease management.
The DA-BFAR has released a list of government interventions, which can be availed of by affected fishermen.