BFAR Releases 100 000 Elvers In Cagayan River

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recently seeded the Cagayan River and its tributaries with at least 100,000 elvers to increase the dwindling population of eels in the region.

Aaron Mayor, BFAR Focal Person for Stock Enhancement of Elvers program, said they continuously seeded the Cagayan River and communal water bodies with stocks like elvers and tilapia fingerlings to save their depleted population due to overfishing.

This year, he said the bureau identified the towns of Gattaran and Baggao in Cagayan; San Mariano, Angadanan, San Guillermo, and San Pablo in Isabela; Aglipay, Cabarroguis, Maddela and Nagtipunan in Quirino; and Alfonso CastaƱeda in Nueva Vizcaya as recipients of the program.

Mayor said based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, there are some species of eels listed as critically endangered or at risk of extinction.

"This prompted the government to ban the exportation of elvers through Fisheries Administrative Order 242 following the steep demand from Asian countries where prices ranges from P4,000 to P7,000 a kilo," he said.

He expressed hope that with these efforts, the population of eels, which was once abundant in the region, will increase.

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