Bagasbas, Daet, Camarines Norte – The Provincial Mangrove Aquasilviculture project was established through the approved Gratuitous Permit No. XV Fisheries Administrative Code 197-1 series of 2012 issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR Central Office) to the Provincial Local Government Unit of Camarines Norte (PLGU-CN) purposely for scientific, research, educational, institutional and for breeding purposes.
The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist – Fisheries Development Division initiated the development and improvement of the project site upon the issuance of permit. Several activities such as clearing, fencing and installation of electrical wirings to safeguard the project within the area were undertaken. The Provincial Mangrove Aquasilviculture have seventeen (17) cage modules (0.5m x 0.5m x 0.3m); each module partitioned into six (6) compartments used for fattening of mangrove crabs and the establishment of net enclosure for propagation purposes.
This project is implementing the fattening of mangrove crabs for 20-30 days of culture, grouper raised for 5-6 months and crablets in grow-out ponds with net enclosure reared for six months. The stocks were feed with trashfish 10% body weight ration daily, monitoring and stock sampling were done to prevent the mortality rate.
Aside from utilizing the site for aquaculture enhancement and productivity, the OPAG-FDD staff conducted mangrove and pine tree planting last June 2019 in order to protect the area from erosion and maintain soil condition and stability as part of ecosystem improvement. Aquasilviculture system is environment-friendly and helps to provide alternative livelihood to fisherfolk while instilling the value of coastal protection and maintenance of the ecosystem. This also serves as technology demonstration site for those interested individuals, NGO’s and others who wants to engage or invest in this kind of activity.