Name : REGIONAL FRESHWATER FISHERIES CENTER
The Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center (RFFC) is 1.2 km from the Maharlika
Highway at Portico, Fabrica, Bula, Camarines Sur. It is 9 km from Pili,
24 km from Naga City and 437 km from Manila. It has a total land area of
34 hectares, the 15.4 ha of which was developed into pond systems, buildings,
and farm lots for orchard and vegetable plots. The remaining area is the
adjacent lagoon which will be developed later into various fisheries enterprise.
1. To produce 30 million quality tilapia fry/fingerlings in year 2010(20
M-GET EXCEL/10 m BEST )
2. To produce 500,000 fry/post larvae/ fingerlings of different species
like carp, aquarium fishes, Pangasius, and giant freshwater prawn.
3. To acquire new tilapia and other broodstocks from NFFTC, NIFTRDC and
4. To improve the existing hatchery management techniques for tilapia.
5. To produce 15 MT marketable tilapia.
6. To conduct techno-demo on grow out of Pangasius sp.
7. To conduct trials on the breeding of Pangasius sp.
8. To promote the grow out culture of BEST and Red Tilapia
(1) To improve the quality of life of the common farmers and fishers;
(2)To conduct research and development in the production of important freshwater
fishes in the region;
(3) To contribute in the food security and economic growth of the Bicol
(4) To develop and improve various post-harvest technologies as one way
of uplifting the socio-economic status of the Bicolanos thru livelihood
The Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center has a total
land area of 34 hectares when it was acquired by the Department of Agriculture-RFU
No. 5 thru a MOA with the Department of Agrarian Reform V. A total of
15. 4 hectares has been developed into different pond system, concrete
tanks, buildings, farm lots for (orchard, vegetables and others) and other
The remaining 18.6 hectares is composed mostly by
the lagoon which is filled with run off waters from the rice fields and
waste water from the RFFC fishponds. This is dried up during Summer.
The project was owned by DA-RFU5 from the start of
its development and operationalization from 1989-2004 and formally turned
over to BFAR5 in Feb. 2004.
The center is now the hub of freshwater aquaculture
technologies, and soon, also for the post harvest technologies in the
Bicol Region. This is because the project is now engaged mainly on the
production of tilapia fingerlings.
In 2010, it is targeting 15 MT marketable tilapia
to support the needs of post harvest facilities which is a component 2KR
–NAFC assisted special project.
Turning over the post harvest facilities and other
components by 2010 to the BFAR5, will make Regional Freshwater Fisheries
Center a one stop shop for fish production and post harvest technologies.
With the vastness of its area, the Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center
will get involve in organic fish farming , vermi-composting and aquaponics.
These technologies need to be verified / adapted because
a lot of stakeholders are making queries if the center could provide technical
assistance related to the aforementioned technologies.
Relevant Sub-Major Final Out-put ( Sub-MFO)
Production Support Services
The project is mainly focused on the production of
quality tilapia fingerlings specifically GET EXCEL tilapia and BFAR enhanced
saline tilapia or BEST. The GET EXCEL tilapia fingerling production started
in 2004 when it was chosen as multiplier station for grow out.
It also functioned as Regional Broodstock Center for
GET EXCEL from 2004 to 2007. National Freshwater Fisheries Technology
Center (NFFTC) changed its program on the dispersal of GET EXCEL tilapia
foundation stocks. The regional multiplier stations could only avail now,
parent stocks of male and female line GET EXCEL.
Because of this, Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center
will initiate its program to produce GET EXCEL breeders for local distribution
to LGU’s, PO’s and private operators through backcrossing.
Through this, the increasing demand for quality tilapia fingerlings could
be resolved. Last year, the Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center obtained
BEST broodstocks from NFFTC.
This 3rd quarter of 2009 fingerling production of BEST
commenced. Last October 2009, additional BEST broodstocks were taken from
NFFTC and these will be added to the breeder’s population next year.
Carps, aquarium fishes, giant gourami are being bred
in the center. Giant gourami is still under study. The center is also
preparing to breed Pangasius sp. starting year 2010 to support the priority
program of BFAR. Another important species being produced is the Giant
Freshwater Prawn or “ulang/ gangawan”
. Once the repair of annexed portion of Giant Freshwater
Prawn Hatchery is finished, by 2nd quarter next year, the hatchery will
be in full operation to produce post larvae. In preparation to this, new
batch of “ulang” broodstocks were taken from NFFTC.
Market Development Services
The Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center is assisting
grow out operators/hatchery operators by giving them contacts or buyers
of their produce. However, many who are favored by our services are the
hatchery operators. If the center could not cope up the demand for fingerlings,
fish farmers that we trained are recommended to supply the particular
Other Infrastructure and Post Harvest Development
The Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center thru its 2KR- NAFC assisted project
is now implementing with the construction of mini- laboratory building, training
cum dormitory building, post harvest building, feed mill and etc. All of these
will be operationalized starting next year. By 2011, this special project
will be turned over to BFAR-5
Extension, Support, Education and Training Services
Technical assistance to LGU’s , PO’s NGO’s,
fish farmers and others is a main activity of Regional Freshwater Fisheries
Center which make it well known in the entire region up to some parts
of Region 4A.
Competent technical staffs are often requested to
serve as resource speakers. The center has established a milestone in
public service thru every last Thursday of the month free lecture /seminar
on freshwater aquaculture. The participants show the enthusiasm by attending
the lecture/seminar with their own “baon”.
The monthly participants range from 75-125 pax. The
Center is now popular for study tours for students, NGO’s, PO’s
and others. A lot of students also drop by to make researches. On the
job-trainees coming from fisheries and agricultural schools are also accepted
in the project. Farmers and employees from LGUs are also given chances
to undergo hands-on-training upon approval of their request.
Information Support Services
The Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center management
is planning to revive its linkage to DWRB to have a slot every Saturday
in disseminating different freshwater aquaculture technologies. This was
done before in early 2000.
Sub- sectoral coverage
RFFC is the Center for verifying, adopting and techno-demonstration
of different freshwater aquaculture technologies developed in national center.
But the RFFC does not limit its capability on this. If there is a chance
to develop, improve and innovate technology, RFFC will do it.
Examples of which is the SCV-Artificial Fish Egg Incubator for intensive
tilapia hatchery, refinement of induced spawning of African Catfish and
breeding of Giant Freshwater Prawn. The RFFC improved the technologies without
funding from research agency, but through its initiative in riding it with
the regular fund.
As soon as the special project ends, the BFAR-5 will decide of its operationalization.
Methodology of Project Implementation
The project operates as farm facility of BFAR5. Yearly, it has an allocation
for the MOOE and Capital Outlay. It is given the biggest allocation among
other farms because of its contribution to the BFAR V production. Focusing
on regular operation, it has two (2) permanent personnel and twenty seven
(27) Job Orders of which ten (10) of them are fisheries course graduate,
one (1) biology, 5 agriculture graduates and rest are highly skilled laborers.
There are three operating units in the project viz:
1. Research and Production Unit – In charge of the maintenance of
quality tilapia other breeders for the production of tilapia fry/fingerlings;
carp and others; broodstock development acquired from the national centers;
prepare/conduct studies, related to fish production.
2. Maintenance and Support Services Unit - Take charge of cleanliness of
the surroundings; repair and maintenance of equipment, tanks, water line
system and etc.; procurement of supplies and materials for Regional Freshwater
Fisheries Center operation; and impose peace and order in the project.
3. Training and Extension Unit – Cater all the request for technical
assistance; conduct of on site and outreach trainings / seminars and in
charge of the on-the Job trainees coming from LGUs and SUCs. Through this
unit, the RFFC regularly conduct every last Thursday of the month free lecture/seminar
in the center except in December.