The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) VI officials and staff conducted a learning visit at the South East Asia Fisheries Development Center – Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD) last August 26, 2022.

SEAFDEC is an autonomous inter-governmental body established in 1967 which aims to promote and facilitate concerted actions among the member Countries to ensure the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture in Southeast Asia.

In 1973 the AQD was established in the Philippines. The department conducts research, technology verification, training and information dissemination on a wide range of aquaculture disciplines, including broodstock management and seed quality improvement, promotion of responsible and environment-friendly aquaculture, diagnosis and control of aquatic diseases, aquaculture for stock enhancement, and culture of aquatic species under international concerns.

This made Western Visayas agriculture, fishery and forestry sector have its fastest growth in the country. The NEDA staff were informed that SEAFDEC’s production of fish fry is available for research and to qualified and interested fish farmers. Likewise, SEAFDEC/AQD and DA-BFAR joint mission on accelerated national technology-transfer program, conducts on-site and technical and hands-on training courses in the region to intensify transfer of marine aquaculture technologies to stakeholders.

The staff were also given the chance to explore the Tigbauan Main Station’s research laboratories, hatcheries and broodstock tanks for experiments in artificial propagation, feed development, and health management.

OIC -RD Arecio A. Casing, Jr. assured SEAFDEC Management that NEDA VI recognizes the contribution of SEAFDEC/AQD in the development of aquaculture and fishery sector in the region, and the technologies provided additional and alternative livelihood to fisherfolks which are sustainable, economically viable, environment-friendly, and socially equitable.

He assured the management that the gaps and required interventions identified during the visit will be considered in the region’s development plan to ensure sustainable and resilient production and food availability. He also added that the Regional Development Council (RDC) VI will support any house bill proposing for the establishment of marine hatcheries in the region.(RADeJuan/NEDA6)