Technical Advisory Services

Extension Support, Education and Training Services

BFAR, in cooperation with the LGUs, fisherfolk organizations and the private  sector, will continue to provide fisheries training and extension services on  aquaculture, marine fisheries and post-harvest technology to fisherfolk  nationwide. Different strategies will be utilized to ensure that results of  scientific research studies will reach its target audience and in pursuit of a modernized and self-sufficient fisheries sector. 

These strategies include facilitating access to credit for marginalized fisherfolk,  and small and medium scale enterprises engaged in fisheries; provide  scholarship programs to produce a critical mass of highly qualified fishery  manpower; conduct public information to create awareness on fisheries and  other relevant information.

Establishment of Technology Demonstration Farms

Technology demonstration is one of the major activities conducted by BFAR to  showcase different innovative technologies on seaweed production,  integrated farming, aquasilvi/mangrove culture and shellfish culture among  others. This program is targeted to establish 1,243 technology  demonstrations, which will include aquaculture, integrated farming, upland  aquaculture and others that are anticipated to benefit 642 individuals and 335 groups.

One of the components of this program is the Aquaponics which is a  combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (soil-less growing  of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. An  example is the African catfish or tilapia with a lettuce production system either  for household consumption and business purposes. Urban aquaponics  aims to provide alternative aquaculture technology that serves as a source of  food (i.e. fish and vegetable plants) for household families especially during this  COVID-19 crisis in targeted urban areas. Aquaponics also intends to augment  income and earnings from the local fish-vegetable production with high return  on investment.

Information Support Services

Under this component, the Bureau will conduct a massive information campaign  to create awareness among municipal fisherfolk through multimedia and other mediums of communications, in coordination with other concerned  agencies such as LGUs, NGOs, NGAs and other relevant stakeholders.

In conducting information, education and communication campaigns, a total of  6,374 IEC materials are projected to be developed and produced, while  153,540 IEC materials will be distributed in 2023.

Stakeholder Collaboration and Partnership

The implementation of BFAR projects and programs are deemed to be more  successful in providing livelihood assistance and increasing income of the  fisherfolk in coordination with other partners such as the LGUs, NGOs, NGAs  and the private sector. The Bureau also coordinates and develops cooperation  schemes with international markets and organizations to open more market  opportunities.

In line with this, 16 more Fisherfolk Operations Center and 371 FARMCs will  be strengthened and 1,546 LGU technicians will be assisted. Moreover, 215 other stakeholders such as the academe, NGAs and NGOs are expected to be  part of the collaboration. Under the Fisheries Scholarship Program, a total of  1,397 scholars will benefit from the program.