November 20, 2003



Aquaculture Congress To Be Held in Philippines' Sarangani To Discuss Sustainable Fishery Practices

In a bid to enhance the development of the Philippine aquaculture industry, foreign and local experts will discuss sustainable fishery practices in a conference expected to gather some 200 stakeholders.

Miguel Dominguez, Chamber of Aquaculture and Ancillary Industries of Sarangani (CHAINS) president, stressed the aquaculture congress would tackle the growth prospects of the country's aquaculture products within the sphere of the larger East Asean Growth Area (EAGA).

"Sustainable aquaculture practices would be given emphasis during the affair in order that our resources would still be available and the congress would also try to attract more investors toward the fishery industry," he said.

The event is slated on November 25 to 27 in Alabel, Sarangani, in time with the province's celebration of its eleventh foundation anniversary.

With the holding of the event dubbed the Second Aquaculture Exposition, organizers hope that it will make Sarangani province as the aquaculture capital of Mindanao Dominguez said that experts and businessmen from the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines are coming in to serve as resource persons or mere observers.

Nenita Barroso, South Cotabato-Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director, said the first aquaculture congress last year generated some P100 million business transactions, which includes the new cold storage and ice plant facilities of Alson's Aquaculture Corp in Alabel town.

Besides zeroing on the sustainability of the aquaculture industry, the event would also showcase Sarangani province's fish products and culinary delicacies.

"Come to the event and see how professional chefs and amateur cooks turn the province's high-value fish products into creative, mouth-watering cuisines," Barroso said.

The event will also feature exhibits on first hand information about aquaculture and ancillary products and services, including top of the line technology and research and development.

The exposition comprises a total of four components: the Aquaculture Industry Congress, Industry Product Exhibit, Culinary Arts Competition and Game Fishing Competition.

First fish catcher of the game fishing competition, with a registration of P300, will received a cash prize and trophy, as well as those catchers of the heaviest lapu-lapu, sea bass and tilapia, and the one with the most number of catch.


Sarangani produces and exports a variety of processed and fresh high-value fin fishes such as pompano, lapu-lapu, sea bass, sergeant fish and talakitok. The province is also abundant in prawn, bangus and tilapia.

Officials estimated that at present, the province supplies about 20% of the Philippine requirement of Bangus fry, produced mainly by Finfish Hatcheries in Malapatan town.

Chains organize the affair with the help from the DTI, Sarangani provincial government, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Socsksargen Area Development Project Office and the Socsksargen Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries.