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How to Start a Freshwater Shrimp Farming Business

Shrimp is the most important commodity, by value, in the international seafood trade. The shrimp industry has grown exponentially in the last decades, and growth is expected to continue for years to come. A new and better technology to culture shrimps is being used by many enterprising shrimp farmers nowadays. Green water technology is a […

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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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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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Shrimp disease quick detection kit developed

An inexpensive, field-deployable, easy-to-use, and rapid method of detecting shrimp diseases was developed by Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center-Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD). The project was funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) under the Philippine […

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Applying S&T for the improvement of the mangrove crab industry

The Philippines is the world’s second top producer of mud crab (also known as mangrove crab). The Philippines prides itself as the world’s second top producer of mangrove crab (Photo from the Inland Aquatic Resources Research Division, PCAARRD) Production is done using polyculture system (or the combination of several species) in 30% of brackishwater ponds […

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Philippine Shrimp Industry: Getting back to the top through S&T

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

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Grouper Fish Farming

Grouper (Epinephelus spp.) locally called inid or lapulapu is a high value fish with great potential in aquaculture. They are valued for their excellent texture and flavor. The demand for grouper in the international market is fast growing particularly in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

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Make profits from sea urchin culture

Few years ago, sea urchins or what foreign countries tagged as sea porcupines, are generally ignored marine species. It could be because of their strange-looking movable spines and tubular feet akin to starfish that make people stay away from them. People only realized sea urchin’s special value when its demand in foreign markets had overtaken […

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Tilapia Fish Farming

Known as the “aquatic chicken,” the TILAPIA is a poor man’s fish that grows fast and breeds easily in captivity. It is considered as one of the easiest fishes to culture. It is also relatively tolerant to a wide range of salinity & temperature levels. Moreover, farming tilapia requires minimal inputs. TECHNOLOGY PROFILE. The most […

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Carp Polyculture Production Guide

Carp polyculture can be utilized using huge amount of organic wastes such as cowdung or poultry droppings and production levels of 1-3 ton/ha/year can be obtained with application of both organic and inorganic fertilizers alone. Provision of feed enhances the fish production significantly and production levels of 4-8 ton/ha/yr are obtained using a judicious combination […

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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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Culturing hanginan, another commercially important sea cucumber species in the Philippines

Perhaps one of the most overlooked underwater species is sea cucumber. This tiny creature, with its flexible sausage-shaped body and tentacles surrounding its mouth and feet, has one of the most important contributions in the fisheries sector ecologically and economically speaking. Two-way importance Considered as “earthworm of the sea floor”, sea cucumber feeds on deposits. […

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