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Adoption of Aquasilviculture Technology: A Positive Approach for Sustainable Fisheries and Mangrove Wetland Rehabilitation in Bataan, Philippines

Rudy C. Flores 1, Mark Nell C. Corpuz 2, and Jonathan M. Salas 2
1. Research, Extension and Auxiliary Services, Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU), City of Balanga, Bataan, Philippines
2. Institute of Fisheries, BPSU, Orani, Bataan, Philippines
Abstract—The adoption of aquasilviculture technology project came into being after the implementation of the Philippine National Aquasilviculture Program in Bataan that aims (1) to continue rehabilitating the denuded mangrove areas, (2) to capacitate the coastal communities through training- seminars and livelihood provisions, and (3) to conserve native aquatic species through stock enhancement activities. Under this project, 863,930 mangrove propagules were planted covering an area of about 262 ha along the intertidal zone of six selected rehabilitation sites. Mean survival rate was ca. 56%. The mangrove rehabilitation program was participated by 1,329 fisher folks from the east coast of Bataan namely, Hermosa, Orani, Samal, Abucay, Limay and City of Balanga. The beneficiaries also established 48 units of aquasilviculture technology demonstration sites for the integrated fish-mangrove culture system using Scylla serrata, Chanos chanos, and saline-tolerant Oreochromis mossambicus as main cultured species. Stock enhancement through captive breeding had produced a total of about 1.03 billion larvae (mainly from Portunus sp. and S. serrata) from the community-based multi-species hatchery system. The produce was released in the wild for the purpose of increasing the potential fish catch of the fisher folks. A total of about Php 740, 654.40 was earned by the fisher folks in their aquasilviculture technology projects and PhP 5.59 million was given to them as compensation for their involvement in the three components of the program.
Index Terms—aquasilviculture, fisher folks, hatchery, mangroves, milkfish

Cite: Rudy C. Flores, Mark Nell C. Corpuz, and Jonathan M. Salas, "Adoption of Aquasilviculture Technology: A Positive Approach for Sustainable Fisheries and Mangrove Wetland Rehabilitation in Bataan, Philippines," International Journal of Food Engineering, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 79-83, June 2016. doi: 10.18178/ijfe.2.1.79-83
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