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USAid-academe-biz collab seen to boost billion fishery industry in NegOcc, the Philippines by ERWIN P. NICAVERA January 08,2019   |  Source: SunStar

A collaboration among the United States Agency for International Development (USAid), academe, and business sectors is seen to boost the billion worth of fishery industry in Negros Occidental.

Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), said that USAid has tapped Silliman University (SU) in Negros Oriental and University of the Philippines–Visayas in Iloilo City for a possible collaboration to develop the Visayan Sea and southern Negros seas, respectively.

USAid is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient and democratic societies to realize their potential.

Carbon said seas in the southern portion of Negros fronting Hinoba-an, Sipalay City, and Cauayan are abundant in high-value fish products like tuna.

The Visayan Sea, meanwhile, hosts the blue swimming crabs particularly among the seas stretching from Talisay City to Escalante City in Negros Occidental, he said.

“We will convince them that the collaboration, particularly for the Visayan Sea, should focus on the Negros Blue Swimming Crabs as this is a billion-peso industry,” the MBCCI official added.

Citing the data of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the business chamber said that the


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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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