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Got weed? Mercedes, Camarines Norte to start own seaweed industry

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Good news for the fisherfolk of Mercedes, Camarines Norte.

The Municipal government recently received from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) P900,000 worth of funds that will be used to jumpstart a local seaweed planting project.

The funds were received by RCC II/Liquidating Officer Designate Joselito Bautista and Municipal Treasurer Loida Macale of the Mercedes town hall.

BFAR Regional Assistant Marjurie Grutas and Cash Chief Wilma Buitizon-San Buenaventura facilitated the dole out.

In particular, the money will be used to purchase seaweed farm implements under the seaweed planting project.

The livelihood program is designed to augment the earning of local fishermen, who will be taught the proper way of planting, nurturing and harvesting seaweeds.

The BFAR also vowed to assist Mercedes fishermen in looking for buyers of the seaweed that they will produce.

Fishing is one of the main industries of the costal town.