I. Title: INTEGRATED GROUPER CULTURE: AN ALTERNATIVE LIVELIHOODPROJECT FOR ILIGAN BAY WATERSII. Background:
arine fish culture such as grouper is a new undertaking in the Province of MisamisOccidental. This program is given high priority by the Provincial Government toprovide a sustainable livelihood for the coastal dwellers. Initially, Gata Daku MPCplanned to undertake the grouper project with assistance coming from CATP-ACIAR andSEAFDEC.Grouper (
) locally known as
is a high valued fish with enormouseconomic potential. They are valued for their excellent texture and flavor especially inChinese cuisines. The demand for grouper in the international market is growing rapidlyparticularly in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. These are sold as live fish with a wholesaleprice of at least P400/kilogram. From about 40 species of groupers widely distributed intropical waters, two species (
E. coioides and E. malabricus
) are popularly cultured in eitherponds or cages. Groupers will also thrive in brackish waters – an environ commonly seen inthe coastal waters of Misamis Occidental.Generally, the project aims to complement the environment activities and gains from theimplementation of Iligan Bay Coastal Resource Management and Development Programwhich received funds from Philippines – Australia Community AssistanceProgram (PACAP) under the Focal Community Assistance Scheme(FOCAS). After the successful participation of fisherfolk associations andvarious Peoples Organizations in environment conservation projects, theimplementers saw the maturity of the community to undertake non-destructive livelihood activities. The stakeholders see the light of theincoming partnership between the South East Asia Fisheries DevelopmentCenter (SEAFDEC) and the Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental on grouperhatchery. Banking on this partnership, the stakeholders decided to undertake this project.
To provide sustainable alternative livelihood of fisherfolks in Iligan Bay FOCASArea2.
To reduce pressure on fishery and other marine resources.3.
To increase income of fisherfolks in the Iligan Bay FOCAS Area4.
To develop networks and linkages with other institutions focusing on grouperproduction and marketing
At least 6 fisherfolk associations will be able to raise grouper for domestic andinternational marketsb.
Additional annual income of a minimum P 1,000/month/household for at least 300households starting on the second year.c.
Established networks and linkages both for domestic and international marketsd.
Private sector involved in marketing of grouper as product integrator.