Working Group - Fisheries
With support from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the Working Group has constructed a hatchery, and conducted trainings on mud crab production. The project is expected to support approximately 1,000 farmers to increase their production of mud crabs for local and export markets.
There are ongoing discussions on the possibility of a working capital credit or an ‘Aquapreneur’ loan product for the mud crab growers. A study was undertaken to provide inputs in developing loan products and business development model, set data gathering instruments and database, draft a comprehensive plan for KCCDFI micro-aqua loan engagement, and develop the Zamboanga Peninsula-wide baseline and performance indicators system.
This resulted in the Micro-Aquapreneur loan product and the KCCDFI Aquaculture Business Development Plan that support, enhance, and develop small fishpond operators’ household livelihoods. Components of this loan products are financial assistance, access to technical and market assistance in mud crab production and fishpond operations, capability building in business management, and development of environmentally-sound mud crab production technology that support small fisherfolks and fishpond operators’ livelihoods.
Association of Fund Owners and Operators
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
Dapitan Local Government Unit
Dipolog School of Fisheries
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)