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Oyster Farming and Production Business

Oysters have been gathered from the wild for food long before scientific farming of the organism began. This bivalve is considered as one of man’s most nearly balanced natural food. It is a cheap source of protein and contains substantial quantities of all minerals and vitamins essential to the human diet. About 18% of the […]

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Protecting the savory sugpo

Tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon Fabricius) or sugpo culture is one of the most profitable industries in Region 10. It has significant economic contributions to the region as it encourages employment and generates foreign currency. In the early 1990s, the prawn industry suffered major losses from a luminous bacterial disease called Vibrio. It hit Northern Mindanao, […]

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How to Start a Mud Crab Farming Business

Scylla serrata is the common mudcrab occurring in the estuarine and mangrove areas and is commonly called as “red crab” and it prefers to live in low saline waters. Male crabs of S. serrata grow to 700 to 800 gm at the maximum The export size of the crab is 500 g and above for […]

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Bagungon: From fishpond pest to mudcrab fattener

Among the marine products we have in the country, mudcrab (Scylla serrata) also known as the ‘green crab’ due to its distinguished greenish outer shell. It is considered an “export winner” due to its high demand in the seafoods market. It commands high price both in the international and local market. Known for its sweet […]

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The Dance of Sea Cucumbers

This special dance happens only on a night when the setting is conducive.  Like a waiting princess, she stands with head held high, her front end raised from the bottom. Meanwhile, he watches her at a distance, shaking and tossing restlessly á la lambada. A few hours later, he releases a hazy fluid that covers […]

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Biofloc technology to reduce risk of diseases and enhance nutrition in shrimp farms

Farmed shrimps is an important foreign exchange earner. The Philippines is the 6th largest producer of shrimps with annual production of about 50,000 metric tons (mt). However, outbreak of diseases such as White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV), Hypodermic Haematopoetic Infectious Necrosis Virus (IHHNV), Taura Syndrome Virus (TSV), and Yellow Head Virus (YHV) has slumped the […]

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Harnessing S&T for a sustainable and competitive sea cucumber industry

Sea cucumbers are high-value marine invertebrates that used to abound in the country’s coastal waters. They are well-known as food and are highly recognized for their ecological and pharmaceutical values. There are about 200 sea cucumber species in the country, which include 40 high-value species. High value species of sea cucumbers: A. Holothuria fuscogilva (teatfish), […]

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ABOT (agree-build-operate-transfer) AquaNegosyo

The ABOT (agree-build-operate-transfer) AquaNegosyo is one of SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department’s programs to disseminate science-based aquaculture technologies. It was conceived in September 2006 to accelerate the promotion and adoption of sustainable tropical aquaculture technologies for food security. Scientists actively transform their discoveries into operational businesses while enabling AQD to augment its resources for research and development. […]

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Alternative sources of probiotics and prebiotics for tilapia culture sought

Recognizing the important application of probiotics in tilapia aquaculture, researchers led by Dr. Rosalie Rafael of the Freshwater Aquaculture Center of the Central Luzon State University (FAC-CLSU) will assess the potential use of probiotics and prebiotics from selected indigenous plants to lower the protein needs of Nile tilapia. Through the development of probiotics and prebiotics […]

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Tilapias in the wild analysed for genetic quality

Wild tilapias in seven lakes of the country show a high percentage of genetic introgression and low genetic diversity based on a study. Genetic introgression takes place when one species contains genes from another due to mixing or hybridization between them. Titled as Genetic Traceability and DNA Fingerprinting of Genetically Improved Tilapia Strains in Hatchery […]

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Mussel farming made easy with bamboo tray module

Among the many forms of aquaculture here in the Philippines, mussel farming is one of those which is a very promising industry. Specifically in some areas in Samar, mussel farming is now in commercial scale, providing livelihood to fishermen and their families. Mussels can be marketed locally and globally and their production requires minimum capital […]

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Getting into catfish farming

Recently, Asian catfish has become a popular gastronomic addition to the Filipino diet because of its tender and delicious meat. This encouraged more farmers and entrepreneurs to venture into catfish farming. Our scientists recommend catfish farming because catfishes are resistant to diseases, can be stocked at high densities, and can tolerate low water quality. While […]

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