In celebration of the Philippine Environment Month, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 3 (BFAR 3) released 1.2 Million Blue Swimming Crab megalopa on June 28, 2017 at Sitio Puntian, Brgy. Zabali, Baler, Aurora. Blue Swimming Crab (Portunus pelagicus) or “alimasag” is a commercially important seafood commodity in the country. But the rate at which it is harvested far exceeds its natural capacity to replenish its population leading to its decline. As part of the Bureau’s stock enhancement program, stocking of hatchery-bred blue swimming crab in communal waters is regularly done in the province to ensure the sustainability of the resource.
The communal stocking activity in Brgy. Zabali was spearheaded by Aurora Brackishwater and Marine Aquaculture Technology Centre, the technology outreach station of BFAR 3 in the province. It was attended by LGU-Baler headed by their Municipal Mayor, Hon. Nelianto Bihasa and by various People’s Organization.
The communal stocking also coincided with the launching of LGU-Baler’s Seagrass and Mangrove Conservation Zone in the area where coastal clean-up and mangrove planting activities were also simultaneously conducted.