AquaBusiness Archive

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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How to Raise Tilapia in the Backyard

Tilapias are economically important food fish for Filipinos. Also, among the easiest and most profitable fish to farm. Tilapias are hardy and tolerant to a wide range of environmental factors making them easy to culture. If you have a hectare of land, a portion of it can be converted to a fishpond where you can […]

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How to Breed and Culture Siamese Fighting Fish

Fighting fish is a popular freshwater aquarium fish species often referred to as betta and known as pla-kat in its native homeland, Thailand. It is member of the gourami family (Osphronemidae) or labyrinth fishes, which has lung-like labyrinth organ that could use atmospheric oxygen. Fighting fish is native to the Mekong Basin in Southeast Asia […]

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Grow-out Production of Asian Catfish

Catfish is locally known as hito to Tagalogs, paltat to Ilocanos, pantat to Cebuanos and Ilonggos, and ito to Pampangeños. It is one of the most important freshwater food fishes not only in the Philippines, but in the whole of Southeast Asia. Catfish culture requires less area, can tolerate poor water quality, as well as […]

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Tilapia Tocino (Value-added Products from Tilapia)

Tilapia tocino is just one of the four products from tilapia developed by DA-BFAR 2 in a project, “Value-added products from Tilapia”, which aimed to increase the economic returns from its production. To augment their profit, tilapia producers may take part in the processing of tilapia into tilapia tocino which can be sold at a […]

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Grouper (Lapu-lapu) Farming and Production Guide

Locally known as lapu-lapu, grouper has been cultured in ponds and cages in Southeast Asia for more than a decade. It is one of them most expensive fish in the market and is valued because of its texture and taste as well as its great potential in the aquaculture market. The demand of the grouper […]

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Grow-out Farming of the Giant Freshwater Prawn

Growing freshwater prawn is a promising alternative to the expensive lobster and tiger prawn. The freshwater prawn, locally known as ulang, can be substituted for lobster and tiger prawn (sugpo) because of their appearance and excellent taste. Among the 15 species of freshwater prawn in the Philippines, the most popular to culture is the macrobrachium […]

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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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Tikod Amo: An Instant Hit among Seafood Enthusiasts

A seafood delicacy is now becoming an instant hit, not only among the locals who live in the coastal communities of Surigao del Sur, but also to those who have heard and tasted the delicious and tasty Tikod Amo. Tikod Amo is the name given to an endemic oyster species by the people living in […]

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Culture of Surigao oyster species can enable Philippines to export oyster to China, Korea

The culture of a Surigao oyster species, Tikod Amo, is seen to boost Philippines’ 15,000-20,000 metric ton (MT) yearly oyster production which has prospective export markets in China and South Korea. The Surigao Del Sur State University (SDSSU) and the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) have been working on the culture technology of Tikod Amo […]

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Tilapia Feeding Strategies for More Income

Tilapia farmers claim that the biggest slice in their production cost is spent for commercial supplemental feed. This is because intensified tilapia production has resulted in growers’ dependency on commercial feed. Findings of researchers of the Freshwater Aquaculture Center of the Central Luzon State University (FAC-CLSU) have shown that the cost of supplemental feed accounts […]

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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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