As stated in the declaration of Presidential Decree No. 43, Section 7, students who took Bachelor of Science in Fisheries particularly in Camarines Norte State College-Mercedes Campus are required to undergo on-the-job training (OJT) or make an option to conduct research before they would be permitted to graduate in the course. On- the- job training component is designed to complement student’s academic training of the course. This component provides the student opportunities to apply and correlate the theories and principles learned in the classroom. This is where the student’s capabilities are discovered, developed, become skillful, self-reliant and self-sufficient with field activities necessary to upgrade his know-how in the course. The students that will undergo on- the- job training will expose into the 3 areas of Fisheries namely; Post- harvest, Aquaculture and Marine Fisheries. Each area will be taken for more or less 15 days during summer after their 3rd year level in college. A total of 240 hours should be completed in the 3 areas.
This report was based from the actual activities and observations on the 3 areas of Fisheries, technically undertaken at Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources- Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center located in Sitio Portico, Brgy. FabricaBula, Camarines Sur and Mercedes Fish Port (Pandawan), Brgy.5 Mercedes, Camarines Norte.
ON-THE JOB TRAINING ACTIVITIES
The On- the-job training undertaken by the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries students of Camarines Norte State College - Mercedes Campus in Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources- Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center (BFAR-RFFC) for Aquaculture and Post-Harvest was implemented through varied activities which includes lectures and actual works. The training started last April 11, 2012 to May 18, 2012.
The trainees had undergone different Post-harvest activities such as value-added products making like Fish ball and Fish Tocino as well as Fish Processing activities like Surimi making, Fish Canning and Fish Smoking. Trainees were also introduced in aquaculture Unit wherein they undergone Sampling on Prawn (Macrobracium rosenbergii), Counting of Brine Shrimp (Artemiasalina) nauplii, Induced spawning of Catfish (Clarias gariefinus), Feeding of Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus.), Egg and sac fry collection, Sex identification of Tilapia(O. niloticus), Collection of Freshwater Mussels (Anodonta spp.), Removal of aquatic plants and Pace factoring. The trainees as part of their training were also exposed to field problems which they may encounter in the future and were oriented on the corresponding solutions to solve it. Evaluation of the acquired knowledge by the students was done by administering a written examination before the end of training in each area. Before end of the OJT period, the trainees had undergone Observation at Mercedes Fish port at Mercedes, Camarines Norte. Trading system, Different Aquatic Resources Landed, Container Used and Handling Practices in the Fish Port were observed by the trainees. BUREAU OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC RESOURCES
REGIONAL FRESHWATER FISHERIES CENTER-POST HARVEST UNIT
Figure 1. Gate marker of BFAR-RFFC
Description of the site
Post-harvest facility as setting up by BFAR- RFFC has the objectives to enhance the level of functions from production-based aquaculture service center to a “one-stop-shop” of freshwater fisheries technology center in the region. This is aimed at providing the fish farmers and commercial producers with viable alternative in sizeable production surplus and converting them into various value-added products for additional income. Consumers will be provided with safe and better products. The Post-Harvest Building of Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center located at Portico, Fabrica, Bula, Camarines Sur has a total area of 400 square meters. It has four entrance and exit points provided with sanitary foot and hand baths to...