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Saving the country’s cheapest source of protein: Tamban

Torrential rains, floods, and blackouts may have been battering the city of Zamboanga but it did not dampen the spirit of the festivities of the Sardines Festival 2014. As a cue to the celebrations ahead of the day, the toll of wooden beaters on the gong and kulintang echoed clearly on the gymnasium of the […]

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Do you want to culture abalones?

Filipinos think of something foreign whenever they hear the word abalones. There are however, three known species of abalone endemic in our marine waters. These are the donkey’s ear abalone Haliotis asinina (lampas or sobra-sobra), H. varia (kapinan), and H. ovina. There are commercial abalone farms in the provinces of Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros, Samar, Surigao, […]

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Expert Recommends Aquaponics for Urban Dwellers

Want to grow your own vegetables but don’t have much space? Aquaponics lets you do that and lets you raise fish too! An integration of aquaculture (raising fish in artificial environment) and hydroponics (growing vegetables without using soil), aquaponics is a system wherein naturally occurring bacteria converts fish wastes into fertilizer for the plants while […]

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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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Formulated feed for grow-out culture of mud crab identified

Basal diet for mud crab which can be used to supplement traditional or natural crab feed by 50 percent has been identified in a study. Dr. Mae Catacutan of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD) in Tigbauan, Iloilo conducted the study. With funding support from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and […]

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Sea urchins’ grow-out culture worthy of investment

Notwithstanding its globular, spiny appearance, sea urchins (Tripneustes gratilla) have proven to be a lucrative shellfish industry worldwide. However, the high economic value of sea urchins prompted its depletion due to over-exploitation. With this concern, the Bureau of Agriculture Research (BAR) included in the 7th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition, a featured […]

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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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Black Tiger Prawn Farming Techniques

This new technology on shrimp farming in brackish water ponds incorporates pollution management which constitutes 9% of annual shrimp production cost per ha of the farmer. Pollution management is worth the cost considering that a shrimp farmer could lose it all during a disease outbreak. Black Tiger Prawn Farming Techniques Environment-friendly practices include: (1) Lowered […]

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Big plans underway for a Philippine microalgae industry

In the future, the microalgae are likely to be part of one’s survival kit. These microscopic organisms are big storehouses of many of man’s vital needs — food, feed, fertilizer, and fuel. Thus, global demand for microalgal products has spurred a multibillion algal industry, estimated to be worth at least US$ 1.25 billion annually. In […]

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Hatchery production technology booms milkfish production

Milkfish, the second top aquaculture species produced in the country, has a swelling demand, hence the need to increase its production. Addressing this concern, the manual Development and Management of Milkfish Broodstock  tackles broodstock management. The manual provides developed and refined techniques for collection and transport of spawned eggs and larvae, as well as larval […]

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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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Prolonging the Shelf-Life of Shrimp

A Japanese expert on shrimps from the Southeast Asia Fisheries and Development Center SEAFDEC) in Iloilo has conducted this experiment so as to prolong the life of shrimps even when packed for transporting. Results showed that 93% of the shrimps were still alive and could swim when placed in water. How to Prolong the Shelf-life […]

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