AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY

• Freshwater farming for Bangus, Pangasius & Crustaceans
• Mariculture Park Fish Farming Project

Industry Background/Situationer

The Philippines ranked eleventh among the top fish producing countries in the world in 2003, with production of 2.63 million tones of fish, crustaceans, mollusks and aquatic plants (including seaweed). As an archipelagic state with over 2.2 million km2 of highly productive seas, Philippines is fortunate to have vast fishery resources at its disposal.

However, the world’s growing population demands higher catch for consumption thus over fishing our grounds. Illegal fishing and other abusive activities threathens the country’s main fish species and marine life. Hence, a shift towards efficient inland fish farming is an opportune strategy for our ocean resources to rest and breed. Davao Oriental locals engaged in small and slightly medium investments in fishing, as means of livelihood and business. However, the national law declaring a 15 kilometer distance from shorelines as fishing zone became counter-productive, costly and in efficient for all sector groupings. Nonetheless, they sustained their activities to generate income. With the advancement of inland fish farming and mariculture park development, aquaculture industry could be accelerated to a very promising level.

Mati has laid down the infra & policy support mechanisms for the first mariculture park in the Province. Recognized as one suitable area for mariculture park development, the project shall take off along with subsidies and program support facilities from the City and National government.

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The Aquaculture Industry plays a vital role in the livelihood of people especially those residing at the coastal areas.

Existing Facilities
• Fishponds
• Demo Farms of Pangasius Fish
• Five Tilapia Nurseries
• Demo Farm on Wild lings or crablets
• One (1) freshwater fish breeding/Germplasm Center
• Ice Plants
• Incentives & Tax Holidays
• Mariculture Park Subdivision

Existing Players

o Supply of Chiller Facility
o Refrigerated Transport Services
o Establishment of Feed Mill for Fish and Animals
o Trading of Fishing and Farming inputs & Supplies
o Pangasius Fish Culture and Production Venture
o Bangus and Siganid Fish Culture & Production Venture
o Dried Fish Production and Trading
o Other Value Adding Activities

Existing Players
• 6,300 Fisherfolks
• Fishpond Operators
• Local Traders
• Operating Municipal Markets
• Deboned Bangus maker
• Canned Bangus Producer
• Restaurants/Eateries

Investment Opportunities
o Fish Cages/Penns Venture
o Establishment of a Fish Processing Plant
o Establishment of a Food Packaging Plant
o Supply of Chiller Facility
o Refrigerated Transport Services
o Establishment of Feed Mill for Fish and Animals
o Trading of Fishing and Farming inputs & Supplies
o Pangasius Fish Culture and Production Venture
o Bangus and Siganid Fish Culture & Production Venture
o Dried Fish Production and Trading
o Other Value Adding Activities

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