Bataan fisherfolk undergo fish processing training

BALANGA CITY (PIA) — About 40 members of the Mabayo Agri-aqua Association in Morong, Bataan have undergone skills training on fish processing.

The training conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) aims to equip local fisherfolk not only with valuable techniques for handling, adding value to caught fish, and processing seafood but also to foster sustainable practices.

BFAR Region 3 Training Division coordinator Charito Coma emphasized the potential economic benefits for the participants, such as increased market opportunities and higher income generation through value-added products.

“The training covered three post-harvest technologies: deboning, smoking, and bottling,” she added.

Office of the Bataan Provincial Agriculturist (OPA-Bataan) Development Division chief Gladys Resubal expressed hope that participants would leverage their newfound skills to create livelihood opportunities and augment their families’ income.

During the training, OPA-Bataan post-harvest coordinator Marionne Kimberly Tablan shared insights on deboning milkfish, stressing the significance of proper handling techniques to minimize wastage and maximize fish meat yield.

She emphasized the dual benefits of economic sustainability and environmental conservation within the local fishing industry.

The capacity building activity also underscored the importance of hygiene and sanitation practices, covering proper storage techniques, temperature control, and packaging methods to maintain product quality and safety. (CLJD/RPQ-PIA 3)

Office of the Bataan Provincial Agriculturist Post-Harvest Coordinator Marionne Kimberly Tablan shares deboning techniques for milkfish, emphasizing efficient handling to reduce waste and boost meat yield, promoting economic and environmental sustainability in the local fishing sector. (BFAR Region 3)
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