There’s cash in trash. This is what scientist, Maria Rovilla Luhan, wants to promote alongside the rehabilitation and clean up efforts in Boracay Island.
Luhan, a marine biologist from the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC,) said green algae collected from the shorelines of Boracay are high in protein content.
“So pwede nilang i-offer sa mga feed millers para i-substitute dun sa mga source ng protein ng kanilang feed,” Luhan said.
(They may offer the algae to feed millers as a substitute protein source for their feed.)
Luhan said feed millers have ways to decontaminate them to make it safe for consumption of farm animals. She suggested that instead of throwing them away, they can be dried and sold.
“Dapat may sapin para hindi naman magsama iyong sand at iyong seaweed. Para iyong cost ng produkto mo, ng seaweed will be higher,” she said.
(It should be placed on a protective sheet to separate sand from seaweed. This way you can maintain the product’s quality and increase its value.)
She added that green algae are rapidly producing at this time of the year due to strong sunlight. The seepage or liquid discharge is also high which provides enough nutrients to the algae.
Luhan believes the green algae can be a source of alternative income for residents aside from the compensation they receive through the cash-for-transfer program and emergency employment program of the government. – Vincent Arboleda | UNTV News & Rescue
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