The city government is keen on exploiting the “lato” or sea grapes as a tourist attraction.
The idea, its proponents say, is to culture lato in underwater cages that can be pulled to the surface for tourists to see.
Joven Delgado, an agricultural technologist at the City Agriculture Office (CAO), said the idea was proposed to them by the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) as a potential tourist attraction.
“It will be a place where tourists can be exposed to seagrapes farming. Iba ang lato o sea grapes na meron dito. Iba sila kumpara sa ibang lugar kaya gusto ng City Tourism Office (CTO) na ma-include din ito bilang attraction sa ating tourism,” he added.
Delgado said the sea grapes can be harvested in 60 days after it is planted. The farmgate price is P150 to P180 per kilo, while it sells for P200 per kilo in the public market.
SEAFDEC is an autonomous intergovernmental body established in 1967 as a regional treaty organization by Southeast Asian countries.
Delgado said sea grapes farm tourism is possible by planting them in substrates and placing them in enclosed cages or nets with ropes attached to floating buoys.
When tourists visit the farm, it will be easy to pull the ropes for them to see how the sea grapes are produced.