BFAR Dagupan hosts 3rd golden bangus

ANOTHER rare golden bangus (milkfish) was turned over to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Barangay Bonuan Binloc, Dagupan City in addition to a previous one given two months ago.

Westly Rosario, BFAR Dagupan center chief, said the third golden bangus came from a fishpond in Barangay Caloocan Sur in Binmaley. It weighs about 750 grams, lighter by 50 grams from the other golden bangus earlier turned over to the BFAR in May.

The two golden bangus are in a reservoir at the BFAR center and they seem to be happy together, Rosario said.

“We can see from the surface their movements because of their distinct color. Maybe they are happy together because they have the same color,” Rosario said.

He said both are one year old but their sexual maturity would not be known until they are five years old.

He encouraged other bangus raisers who have golden bangus in their fishponds to turn them over to the BFAR for proper care and experiment.

While the fry of the two golden bangus came from Indonesia, it has not reported any golden bangus, Rosario noted.

He said he had seen a golden bangus in Taiwan some years ago during a sponsored trip.

The first golden bangus turned at the BFAR center five years ago died due to stress caused by frequent visitors in the center because it is considered by some as a lucky charm, Rosario said.

Based on that lesson, the second golden bangus of BFAR has become off-limits to visitors and can only be seen from a view deck. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)

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