Monthly Archives: August 2011

Visitor services

FishWorld museum-aquarium and visitor center

Welcome to FishWorld!

FishWorld visitorsSEAFDEC FishWorld is a museum-aquarium and visitor center dedicated to science and environment education for the general public particularly about aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity, aquaculture, fisheries, and the aquatic sciences. FishWorld opened to the public on 7 July 2000  and has since received about 10,000 visitors a year.

FishWorld offers a 30-min regular tour – a 10-min briefing or institutional video and 20 min to examine the poster exhibits, aquarium animals, and the museum collections. A self-guided tour of FishWorld is encouraged.

The SEAFDEC hatcheries and research laboratories may be visited at pre-arranged times by groups with special needs.  This tour takes about 1hr for a group of 30 persons.

Inside FishWorldPlaton Hall

The front reception hall honors AQD Chief Dr. Rolando R. Platon (1996-2006) who allocated funds to build FishWorld in 1999.  The mural Reef Rangers decorates the hall.

AQD Milestones

Mounted plaques  identify the main events in SEAFDEC/AQD research, technology generation, and training for breeding, seed production, and growout of milkfish, tiger shrimp, rabbitfish, grouper, catfish, Nile tilapia, and mud crab.

Ticket Office

Here visitors meet the FishWorld Guide, set appointments, and pay the entrance fees.


Sold here are SEAFDEC/AQD publications, Tshirts, and sea souvenirs including dry specimens of marine animals labeled with scientific names.

Kids’ Activity Center

Held here are drawing contests, workshops, and laboratory sessions.

Aquaculture Hall

Posters explain the biology and farming of several aquatic species in southeast Asia.

Invertebrates Collection

Exhibited in all-glass cabinets are dry specimens more than 4,000 species of mollusks,  crustaceans, corals, echinoderms, and  sponges from around the Philippines and elsewhere.   These reference collections are used by scientists, teachers, and  students.

Audio-Visual Room

A 50-seat hall is available for video-briefing, lectures, meetings, and contests.  Paintings of high school students  fill the walls— output from the various contests at FishWorld.

Rabanal Fish Tableau

A freshwater pond holds carps, tilapia, pacu, guppies, and several tortoises.  Dr. Herminio Rabanal, a pioneer in Philippine aquaculture,  paid for the concrete fish sculpture which was painted into the Fish Tableau (2010).

Inside FishworldToledo Hall

The back reception hall honors AQD Chief Dr. Joebert D. Toledo for supporting FishWorld.  The hall is bounded by the murals, Sinabawan (2006) and Mandala Marina (2007).  A corner tank  holds the carcass of a megamouth shark.

Curator’s Office and Lab

Dr. Teodora Bagarinao offers internships and mentoring in biodiversity research.  A glass case exhibit nearby shows that biodiversity is essential to human life.

Fish Collection

Here are alcohol-preserved specimens of fishes and crustaceans from the Philippines.

Fisheries Hall

Posters show the commercial species harvested by fisheries in the Philippines, the importance of sea food, and the problem of overfishing.  In cabinets are dry-mounted fishes and some reptiles, and from the rafters hang a sunfish, an Irrawaddy dolphin, a false killer whale, and a Risso’s dolphin.


A study room with an array of flags and posters on biodiversity from the SEAFDEC Member Countries.  The seaweed herbarium and dry invertebrates in storage are also here.

Dagat Isda Gallery

The gallery shows paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glasscraft, and other artifacts that show the influence of fish and the ocean in human culture, tradition, and modern life.

Live Animal Exhibits

Three tables of aquaria show the fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, and echinoderms that SEAFDEC/AQD does research on, and many other species rescued from fishing operations at AQD stations.

Pawikan Rehab

Injured or sick sea turtles stranded onshore or captured by coastal fishing gears are brought to FishWorld for medical care and feeding before release back to sea.


Artist AnLeng painted all the murals at FishWorld.


FishWorld hours

Monday to Friday  8-12 am, 1-5 pm

Weekends and holidays by appointment

Entrance fees

P25per person

P15 per child up to 12 years

Fees used for maintenance and operations.

Appointments, more information

FishWorld Guide


Phone (63-33) 330 7032


Ms. Hananiah Sollesta
Officer-in-Charge, FishWorld

How to get to FishWorld

FishWorld is at the SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department in Tigbauan, southern Iloilo, about 25 km from Iloilo City.  Turn right opposite the SEAFDEC main gate and FishWorld is up ahead to the left.  Vehicles must drive left onto the side road to unload and park.

House rules

Please let us all ensure that FishWorld remains wholesome for all visitors.

  • Clean footwear before entering FishWorld.
  • No smoking inside FishWorld.
  • No running around, no yelling.
  • No food or drinks inside FishWorld.
  • No littering in or around FishWorld.
  • Do not touch the exhibits and specimens.
  • Keep hands and faces off the glass walls.
  • Use the toilets properly and keep them clean.
  • Visitors may picnic under the trees or in the Visitors’ Pavilion at the backyard.
How to maximize the FishWorld tour

FishWorld is a science and environment education center.  Learning is facilitated when enough time is allotted with the exhibits, and when the visiting groups are not so large (about 50 persons at one time).

  • Visitors must obtain information about FishWorld before the trip.  Get a copy of this leaflet and phone or email the FishWorld Guide or the Curator.
  • Researchers, farmers, or college students who want to visit the research laboratories or consult SEAFDEC specialists must make appointments with the Research Division.
  • Large groups of visitors, e.g., school children on field trips, must be scheduled in advance.  Send a letter-request indicating name and address of visiting group, date and time of visit, number of children and adults, and aim of the visit.
  • Group leaders must coordinate well with the FishWorld Guide, check out the exhibits in advance and determine what the students should learn during the tour.
  • Students must be briefed about the FishWorld exhibits and given specific learning assignments.
  • During the visit, big groups must split up into smaller groups.  While one group watches the institutional video, another group can go around FishWorld.
  • Older students (not children) may go on a tour of the hatcheries and laboratories, if so allowed on that particular day.
  • Students could take a self-guided tour with this leaflet and ask questions of the FishWorld staff.
  • Teachers should check the students’ learning assignments and give feedback.
Suggested learning assignments
  • What is aquaculture, where and how is it done, and what are its products?  How does aquaculture contribute to food security?
  • What is fisheries, where and how is it done, and what are its products?
  • What are the aquatic ecosystems in the Philippines?  What plants and animals live in Philippine waters?
  • How can we conserve and protect our aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity?

TID Conference Room

Conferences and meetings may be hosted at AQD’s Tigbauan Main Station, an easy reach to/from Iloilo City; about a 30 minute, 25-kilometer car ride through the Southern Antique-Iloilo highway

We have:

  • a 120-person capacity, air-conditioned conference hall
  • three adjoining or adjacent lecture/class rooms (air-conditioned too) and a kitchen-food serving room
  • remote internet connection in the main conference hall (available on request)
  • multimedia projector/s, large screen/s, sound & sound recording system
  • logistical support ~ reproduction of conference materials (hardcopy and CD-Rom); phone, fax, email; food catering by the AQD Cafeteria; car transport and a big parking lot; power generator/s
  • 24-hour security


AQD Training coordinators

For all training courses and training by request, contact:


Caryl Vincent Genzola

SEAFDEC/AQD Tigbauan Main Station

5021 Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines

Tel: (63-33) 330-7030

Fax: (63-33) 330-7031



For freshwater training courses, contact:


Maria Lourdes Cuvin-Aralar, Dr. Sc. Agr.

SEAFDEC/AQD Binangonan Freshwater Station

Binangonan, 1903 Rizal, Philippines

Fax: (63-2) 289-3687

Mobile: (+63) 9178615992


Application process & forms

Applicants for AQD training

  • Technologists, technicians, managers, researchers, and extension workers in aquaculture and related disciplines (with the appropriate educational background)
  • At least 18 years old
  • Able to communicate in English
  • In good health

Application for training

  • Choose a training course and contact AQD Training Coordinators for the schedule and syllabus.
  • Obtain a medical certificate of good health attesting to ability to undertake training and strenuous aquaculture work.
  • Fill out an Application for Training.
  • Submit a completed Application to the AQD Training Coordinators at least one month before the start of the training course.
  • Wait for admission notice.
  • Pay the training fees.
  • If you are staying for more than two weeks, please secure 47A2 or 9A visa good for the entire duration of your stay in the Philippines.

Training fees

  • Amounts differ by course.
  • Fees cover training materials, honoraria for resource persons, field trips, and accident insurance.
  • Lodging at AQD Apartment is imperative during the regular training courses.
  • Meals are not included.
  • Damage deposit is added for courses with laboratory sessions (refundable if no damage is incurred).
  • Fees may be paid upon application, admission, or registration.
  • A non-refundable deposit equivalent to 25% of the training fee is required for a secured slot.
  • Fellowships are available for applicants nominated by their governments through the respective SEAFDEC Council Directors.

Manpower development training


The Training and Information Division is now accepting applicants to undertake Manpower Development Training on its Outreach Program on different Aquaculture Technologies. Qualified applicants will receive a daily subsistence allowance of P100/day while on training.


1. At least 1 year experience in Aquaculture projects (Hatchery, Nursery, Pond, Cage Operations); Diploma in Fisheries or related field

2. Willing to be assigned anywhere in the Philippines.


1. Applicants must fill out the Application for Training form and send this to Applicants may also fax the accomplished form to 63-33 330 7031.

2. Trainees will be rated by their supervisor on their performance and in the event that trainees do not come up to the expectations, said trainee may be dropped from the program.

3. Upon completion of the training, trainees will receive certificate of practical training and will be required to sign an agreement that they will be available whenever their services are needed.

4. Duration of training is 1-2 months depending on the performance of the trainee.

AQD & BFAR-RFTC Collaborative Extension Program

SEAFDEC/AQD, BFAR-RFTC Training of Trainers

Ninety-eight (98) technical staff from the seven Regional Fisheries Training Center of the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-RFTC) had successfully completed the series of five courses on the Training of trainers on hatchery and nursery of high value species at SEAFDEC/AQD’s Tigbauan Main Station. Some of the participants attended more than one course. The program aimed to enhance and strengthen the capacity and capability of the BFAR-RFTC technical staff on the operation and management of the hatchery and nursery of selected high value marine species.  The series of courses started on 29 March 2011 and ended on 19 July 2011. The courses were designed to constitute about 15% lectures, 75% practical work, 5% field trip, and 5% other activities like course orientation, library work, presentation of the results of larval rearing, and institutional video showing. All courses were designed to provide participants with technical knowledge and skills on broodstock management, spawning, larval rearing and nursery of selected high value species.  The topics covered were broodstock management, induced spawning techniques; production of natural food organisms for the different larvae; larval, nursery and even grow-out culture techniques. The program was funded by BFAR with a counterpart support and funding from SEAFDEC/AQD.

The following were the training courses undertaken:

Training Course

Date Conducted

No. of participants

1. Abalone hatchery and grow-out

29 Mar – 18 Apr 2011


2. Seaweed farming

26 Apr – 10 May 2011


3. Seed production, nursery and grow-out of sandfish, Holothuria scabra

04 May – 17 May 2011


4. Marine fish hatchery

19 May – 24 Jun 2011


5. Crab hatchery, nursery, and grow-out

27 Jun – 19 Jul 2011



Training fellowship

A number of fellowships for the training courses are available to participants from SEAFDEC member countries and ASEAN. To apply, please contact your respective Council Director.

SEAFDEC Council Director for Brunei Darussalam and
Acting Director of Fisheries Fisheries Department
Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources
Muara Fisheries Complex, Simpang 07-53,
Jalan Peranginan Pantai Serasa,
Muara BT 1728
Brunei Darussalam
Tel: (673-2) 772788
Fax: (673-2) 771063 or 770065

SEAFDEC Council Director for Cambodia and
Delegate of the Royal Government  of Cambodia
and Director General of Fisheries Administration
#186, Preah Norondom Blvd., Sangkat
Tonle Bassak Khan Chamear Morn,
P.O. Box 582 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Mobile phone: (855) 12 915567
Fax: (855-23) 215796

SEAFDEC Council Director for Indonesia and
Secretary General Ministry of Marine Affairs
Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No.16, Gedung Mina
Bahari I (1st Floor), Jakarta 10110, Indonesia
Tel: (62-21) 3500045
Fax: (62-21) 3864826

SEAFDEC Council Director for Japan and
Deputy Director-General of Fisheries Agency
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
1-2-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8902, Japan
Tel: (81-3) 35013009 or 67442366
Fax: (81-3) 35042649 or 35020571

SEAFDEC Council Director for Lao PDR and
Director-General Department of Livestock and
Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
P.O. Box 6644, Vientiane, Lao P.D.R.
Tel: (856-21) 215242 and (856-21) 215243
Fax: (856-21) 215141

SEAFDEC Council Director for Malaysia and
Director-General of Fisheries Malaysia
Department of Fisheries, Level 6, Block 4G2
Precint 4, Federal Government Administrative Centre
62628 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Tel: (60-3) 88704008
Fax: (60-3) 88892460

SEAFDEC Council Director for Myanmar and
Director-General, Department of Fisheries
Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development
Department of Fisheries Corner of Byint Naung
Road and Byint Naung Avenue, West Gyogone
Quarter, Insein Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Office (36), Nay Pyi Taw
Tel: (95-67) 408178
Fax: (95-67) 408048

SEAFDEC Council Director for the Philippines and
National Director, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
3rd Floor, PCA Bldg. Elliptical Road, Diliman,
Quezon City 1100, Philippines
Tel: (63-2) 9299597
Fax: (63-2) 9298074

SEAFDEC Council Director for Singapore and
Deputy Chief Executive Officer Agri-Food and
Veterinary Authority of Singapore
52, Jurong Gateway Road, #14-01
Singapore 608550
Tel: (65) 68052788
Fax: (65) 63341831

SEAFDEC Council Director for Thailand and
Director-General, Department of Fisheries
Kasetsart Klang, Chatuchak, Bangkok
10900, Thailand
Tel: (66-2) 5620523 and 9403212
Fax: (66-2) 5620493

SEAFDEC Council Director for Viet Nam and
Deputy Director-General of Viet Nam Fisheries
Administration, 10 Nguyen Cong Hoan Street,
Ngoc Khanh, Ba-Dinh, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel: (84-4)37245114
Fax: (84-4) 37345120


List of AQD Science papers in 2011

Aldon MET, Tormon DH, Fermin AC.  2010.  Sociocultural factors influencing fisher’s participation I coastal resource management in Aniniy, Antique, West Central, Philippines. In: Tolentino LL, Ladicho LD, Wun’Gaeo S, Ikegami K (eds.).  Asian Rural Sociology IV. The Multidimensionality of Economy, Energy and Environmental Crises and their Implications for Rural Livelihoods. International Conference; 7-10 September 2010; Bicol University, Legazpi City, Philippines; Asian Rural Sociology Association. Vol. 1.pp. 143-153.

Amar EC, Faisan JP Jr,.  2011.  Efficacy of an inactivated vaccine and nutritional additives against white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) in shrimp (Penaeus monodon). The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture-Bamidgeh 63:[IIC:2011.529] 9 pages.

Ates C, Quinitio GF, Quinitio ET, Sanares R. Comparative study on the embryonic development of three mud crabs Scylla spp.. Aquaculture Research (online first)

Baliao DD, de los Santos MA.  2011.  Low or partial discharge and closed-recirculating systems for the culture of shrimp [Penaeus monodon (Fabricius)] at several demonstration sites in the Philippines. The Philippine Agricultural Scientist 94:58-65.

Baliao DD, Dosado NS.  2011.  Tilapia cage farming in freshwater reservoir using artificial diets during dry and wet season. The Philippine Agricultural Scientist 94:1-8.

Bautista-Teruel MN, Koshio SS, Ishikawa M.  2011.  Diet development and evaluation for juvenile abalone, Haliotis asinina Linne: Lipid and essential fatty acid levels. Aquaculture 312:172-179.

Borlongan IAG, Tibubos KR, Yunque DAT, Hurtado AQ, Critchley AT.  2011.  Impact of AMPEP on the growth and occurrence of epiphytic Neosiphonia infestation on two varieties of commercially cultivated Kappaphycus alvarezii grown at different depths in the Philippines. Journal of Applied Phycology 23:615-621.

Caipang CMA, Pakingking RV Jr., Apines-Amar MJS, Huyop F, Bautista NB.  2011.  Development of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay targeted to the dnaJ gene of Vibrio harveyi, a bacterial pathogen in Asian seabass, Lates calcarifer. Aquaculture, Aquarium, Conservation & Legislation – International Journal of the Bioflux Society (AACL Bioflux) 4:447-454.

Cruz-Lacierda ER, Yamamoto A, Nagasawa K.  2011.  Seasonal occurrence of Caligus spinosus and Parabrachiella seriolae (Copepoda) parasitic on cage-cultured yellowtail (Seriola quinqueradiata) at a fish farm in western Japan. Bulletin of the European Association of Fish Pathologists 31: 58-65. (news and views)

Gonzales TT, Katoh M, Ghaffar MA, Ishimatsu A.  2011.  Gross and fine anatomy of the respiratory vasculature of the mudskipper, Periophthalmodon schlosseri (Gobiidae: Oxudercinae). Journal of Morphology 272:629-640.

Lantin-Olaguer IL.  2006.  Commercial pelleted milkfish (Chanos chanos Forsskal) feeds: Physical characteristics and nutrient contribution to water quality in milkfish farming. St. Paul University Iloilo – Faculty Research Journal 1: 22-41.

Pakingking R Jr., Mori K, Bautista NB, De Jesus-Ayson EG, Reyes O.  2011.  Susceptibility of hatchery-reared snubnose pompano Trachinotus blochii to natural betanodavirus infection and their immune responses to the inactivated causative virus. Aquaculture 311:80-86.

Parkes L, Quinitio E, Le Vay L.  2011.  Phenotypic differences between hatchery-reared and wild mud crabs, Scylla serrata, and the effects of conditioning. Aquaculture International 19:361-380.

Pedrajas-Mendoza SA, Torres JL, Amar E.  2008.  Enhancing nonspecific immune response of grouper, Epinephelus coioides using levamizole as immunostimulant.  University of the Philippines in the Visayas Journal of Natural Sciences 13:1-10.

Penaranda MMD, LaPatra SE, Kurath G.  2011.  Specificity of DNA vaccines against the U and M genogroups of infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Fish & Shellfish Immunology 31:43-51

Primavera JH, Abrogueña JBR.  2009.  Post-August 2006 oil spill populations of Penaeid shrimp in island and riverine mangroves in Guimaras, central Philippines. Philippine Journal of Natural Sciences (Oil Spill Special Issue):3-6.

Quinitio ET, Estepa FDP.  2011.  Survival and growth of mud crab, Scylla serrata, juveniles subjected to removal or trimming of chelipeds. Aquaculture 318:229-234.

Sombito C, Lio-Po G, Sadaba R, Torreta R.  2009.  Initial assessment of the bacterial population of Guimaras waters and soil after the Solar I Oil Spill.  Philippine Journal of Natural Sciences (Oil Spill Special Issue):15-26

Tendencia EA, Verreth JAJ.  2011.  Temperature fluctuations, low salinity and water microflora are risk factors for WSSV outbreaks in pond culture of Penaeus monodon. The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture-Bamidgeh 63:[IIC.63.2011.548] 7 pages.

Tendencia EA, Bosma RH, Verreth JAJ.  2011.  White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) risk factors associated with shrimp farming practices in polyculture and monoculture farms in the Philippines. Aquaculture 311:87-93.

International Training Course on Community-based Resource Enhancement in the Southeast Asian Coastal Region

Southeast Asian coastal marine areas are rich in aquatic life resources with highly diverse fauna and flora supported by a plenty of highly productive environments such as mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral-reefs, which serve as reproductive, nursery, and/or feeding grounds for many aquatic organisms. However, a lot of aquatic life resources are decreasing due to various causes.

Among the variety of aquatic species in the Southeast Asian region, there are a lot of high-value species and that is why fishing, hunting and collection have been done intensely. Because of this, most of the important fishery organisms are threatened and overexploited situation. Changing environment ascribed to global climate change and to degradation of aquatic life habitat through human activity also has unignorable impacts on the resource levels.

Thus, we are now facing the pressing issues to rehabilitate the fisheries resources of threatened and overexploited species to healthy levels under the changing environment, because they are invaluable not only for us but also for our offspring to secure their livelihood. We need to understand the fisheries productivity is closely linked with the ecosystems and environment including factors caused by human activity.

Replenishing depleted resources would be done through several strategies: regulating fishing effort, restoring degraded nursery and spawning habitats, seed production coupled with sustainable release programs and others . Among these, the refinement of release program, including hatchery and nursery technologies, is considered as one of the effective strategies for replenishing depleted resources.

The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) has been conducting research activities aimed at the establishment/development of methodologies/technologies for seed production, sea ranching and release strategies for CITES-listed and/or overexploited species such as abalone, mud crab, sea cucumber, seahorse, Napoleon wrasse, etc. coupled with environmental conservation as a project under the Government of Japan Trust Fund (GOJ-TF) Program.

Since such aquatic resources should be continuously conserved and appropriately managed for the sustainable utilization, the established methodology/technology on important species as well as knowledge on essential concepts of resource enhancement need to be disseminated to fisheries managers, local governmental officers, NGO persons, and other stakeholders to build or develop capacities for community-based management and ensure the success of future stock or resource enhancement initiatives as well. These are potentially the key towards successful resource enhancement initiatives. These are potentially the key towards successful resource enhancement initiatives, especially in depleted or overfished fisheries in poverty-stricken communities in the Philippines and similar communities in Southeast Asia.


This training course implemented as an activity under the GOJ-TF program has objectives to disseminate to trainees:

1) essential knowledge on conservation of biodiversity and management of habitats including the complex ecological and socio-economic environments;

2) basic methodology and technology on seed production, release strategy and impact assessment in particular species, and;

3) positive thinking on how to integrate resource enhancement and environmental conservation, under the context of the changing environment induced by climate change and anthropological development using community-based strategies for successful implementation in harmony with nature.

Participants and Resource Persons:

Participants from SEAFDEC Member Countries, who are expected to be leaders, officers, and/or managers in coastal fisheries sector, will be invited as trainees and scientists/researchers of SEAFDEC/AQD and some other organization will attend as resource persons for this International Training Course on Community-based Resource Enhancement in the Southeast Asian Coastal Region.

To arrange the training, please contact:

Ms. Evelyn Grace Ayson

SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department

Tigbauan 5021

Iloilo, Philippines


Tel:  +63 33 511 9172

Fax:  +63 33 511 8709


Analytical services

SEAFDEC/AQD offers fish disease diagnostic services, with viral fish diseases determined by PCR. Also available are electron microscopy imaging (TEM and SEM), and chemical and microbiological analyses of the following:

  • feeds, feed ingredients, experimental animals and others (proximate analysis, fatty acid profile)
  • water (pH, alkalinity, chlorophyll, dissolved oxygen, nitrogen (ammonia, nitrate and nitrite), phosphate, total hardness, total suspended solids)
  • soil (pH, organic matter, available iron / phosphorus / sulfur)
  • food products and water (standard aerobic plate count or total viable count; coliform count, determination of Salmonella / Shigella / Staphylococcus aureus / Escherichia coli; yeast / mold count; water potability)

To request fish disease diagnostic and/or analytical services from SEAFDEC/AQD:

1. Contact the laboratory for availability of schedule, proper sampling procedure and packing of samples for analysis E-mail: (analytical services); (fish disease diagnostic services)

2. Download REQUEST FORM for Analytical Services and/or REQUEST FORM for Fish Disease Diagnostic Services

To pay, use the same payment options as the training / publications section of this website

3.   Fill up request form, attach proof of payment, and send separately from your sample.

Fax to: (63-33) 330-7011

Mail to: Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Facilities for Advanced Aquaculture Technologies
Tigbauan, 5021 Iloilo

4.  Hand-carry your samples to AQD; or send by registered, door-to-door courier service to the same mailing address above.

Below are the analytical services fees:

Sample Analysis Method Quantity of sample needed Fee*
Fish, feeds, feed ingredients Moisture (fish/fresh sample) Oven drying >50 g 310
Moisture (feeds/powdered sample) Halogen analyzer 160
Crude protein Kjeltec 2300 Analyzer 665
Crude fat Soxtec 2055 Analyzer 540
Crude fiber (from fat) Fibertec 785
Crude fiber (from original sample) Soxtec 2055 Analyzer + Fibertec 1,325
Ash by AOAC method 923.03 275
Calcium (from original sample) Permanganate titration >50 g 1,110
Calcium (from Ash) Permanganate titration 835
Phosphorus (from original sample) Colorimetry 1,515
Phosphorus (from Ash) Colorimetry 1,240
Total lipid and fatty acid methyl ester Gas chromatography-ready samples only GC-FID 1,400
Water pH by pH meter 50 mL 135
Alkalinity Titrimetry 200 mL 210
Ammonia Phenate 500 mL 250
Chlorophyll Spectrophotometry 500 mL 465
Dissolved oxygen Winkler 300 mL 285
Nitrite/nitrate Colorimetry 500 mL 265-375
Phosphate Ascorbic acid 500 mL 210
Total hardness EDTA titration 500 mL 195
Soil (air dried, powdered and passed 35-40 mesh) pH by pH meter 100 g 225
Iron Colorimetry 425
Organic matter Walkley-Black 320
Available phosphorus Olsen’s method 430
Available sulfur Turbidimetry 400
Aquaculture products, other foods and water Std. aerobic plate count or viable total count Bacteriological Analytical Manual by AOAC & APHA 2002 500 g per
500 mL
Coliform count 300
Salmonella 480
Shigella 480
Staphylococcus aureus 360
Yeast/mold count 300
Water potability 700
Escherichia coli 480
Bilogical/non-biological samples Morphology (with 6 photomicrographs**) Transmission electron microscope 1 mm in  at least 1 dimension 6,960
Morphology (with 6 photomicrographs) Scanning electron microscope

less than
2 x 2 x 0.5 cm, L x W x H


*We provide 20% discount on analytical service fees for student researches.

**Every additional photomicrographs will be charged Php 60

Milkfish & mud crabs for sale

An estimated 120 kgs of milkfish and 150 kgs of mud crabs will be harvested from AQD’s Dumangas Brackishwater Station on 09 and 10 August respectively. The milkfish will be sold at a range of Php 75.00 – Php 120.00 per kg for sizes 200 g and above; while mud crabs will be priced at Php 300.00- Php 400.00 per kg for sizes 250 kgs and above (male and female). For orders and inquiries, you may contact AQD’s Materials Control Unit at (033) 511-8091/ (033)511-9171 loc 320.

Fry & fingerlings

The following are available from the AQD hatcheries based on the breeding season. Please order and inquire in advance.

For marine fishes, email: For freshwater fishes, email: For tilapia at TMS, email: For crablets, email: For abalone, email: Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Download the Order Form (PDF format)

Products Size / Age Price (Phil Peso)
Fish (newly hatched larvae)
Milkfish P 6,000.00 / million
Rabbitfish 10,000.00 / million
Pompano 10,000.00 / million
Grouper 10,000.00 / million
Red snapper 10,000.00 / million
Sea bass 10,000.00 / million
Fish (fry)
Milkfish 21-25 days P 0.30 / pc
Rabbitfish 1.0 in 3 / pc
Pompano 1.0 in 5 / pc
Grouper 1.0 in 8 / pc
Red snapper 1.0 in 8 / pc
Sea bass 0.4 in 0.30 / pc
1 in 4 / pc
Bighead carp 3-5 day old 0.05 / pc
1.6 cm 0.30 / pc
2.3 cm 0.50 / pc
3.7 cm 0.70 / pc
4.6 cm 1.20 / pc
Tilapia TMS T. nilotica Red tilapia
0.31 in 0.31 / pc 0.62 / pc
0.63 in 0.63 / pc 1.26 / pc
0.91 in 0.91 / pc 1.82 / pc
1.46 in 1.46 / pc 2.92 / pc
1.81 in 1.81 / pc 3.62 / pc
2.36 in 2.36 / pc 4.72 / pc
0.63 in 0.20 / pc 1 / pc
0.91 in 0.30 / pc 2 / pc
1.46 in 0.40 / pc 3 / pc
1.81 in 0.50 / pc 4 / pc
2.36 in 0.60 / pc 5 / pc
Catfish 0.5 in 1 / pc
1 in 2 / pc
2 in 2.50 / pc
Crustacean / mollusc
Crablets <0.5 cm (carapace width) 2 / pc
0.6 – 1 cm 3 / pc
1.1 – 1.5 cm 4-5 / pc
1.6 – 2 cm 6-7 / pc
2.1 – 2.5 cm 8-9 / pc
2.6 – 3 cm 10-12 / pc
Freshwater prawn 0.5 cm  0.50 / pc
1 cm 1 / pc
1.5 cm 1.50 / pc
2 cm 2 / pc
>2.5 cm 2.50 / pc
Abalone normal tagged
Juveniles 1.0 – 1.5 cm 4 / pc 7 / pc
1.6 – 2 cm 5 / pc 8 / pc
2.1 – 2.5 cm 6 / pc 9 / pc
2.6 – 3 cm 7 / pc 10 / pc
3.1 – 3.5 cm 8 / pc 13 / pc
3.6 – 4 cm 9 / pc 15 / pc
Marketable size 5-7 cm shell length 350-400 / kg

Institutional capacity development for sustainable aquaculture

The ICD-SA is the Institutional capacity development for sustainable aquaculture project launched in 2006 to hasten the transfer to and adoption by coastal villagers of appropriate technologies that would enhance the productivity of aquatic resources and at the same time safeguard the fragile balance of the aquatic ecology.

Season-long training courses, technology demonstration, and research are the three main activities of ICD-SA projects. The ICD-SA projects, in effect, become: (1) an R&D platform for demonstrating the technical and economic feasibility of aquaculture technologies; (2) a laboratory for assessing socioeconomic and environmental impacts of aquaculture technologies; and, (3) on-site training ground for beneficiary communities.


Season-long training courses

ICDSA-01Season-long training courses are conducted onsite. Each course consists of a series of modules conducted throughout the production cycle of a cultured commodity. Each module is usually 2-3 days and is composed of lectures and hands-on practical sessions.

The purpose of season-long training courses – which can go from 4 to 6 months or longer – is to enable participants to learn technical knowledge and skills through actual production activities such as pond/pen preparation, stocking, feeding, water quality management, fish health management, harvesting and marketing. The extended period allotted gives participants more time to absorb and understand the topics. Camaraderie among the trainees and familiarity with their trainors may develop over time; this friendly atmosphere is conducive to sharing observations and solving production problems collegially.

Technology demonstration and production runs

ICDSA-techno-demo1The selection of species and culture systems that are demonstrated on-site is determined by community consultation, expert observation and analysis, and economic viability. The community consultation helps determine the appropriateness of a technology based on the resources and capabilities of the beneficiaries. AQD scientists analyze the techno-bio-physical characteristics of the local resources and design the aquaculture farm in consultation with the clients/beneficiaries/donors. Construction of farm facilities is done with selected beneficiaries before the start of or during the “training-run” production, whichever is more practical and do-able.

Preliminary financial feasibility analysis is prepared by AQD researchers and economists
using costs-and-returns and discounted financial projections. Financial indicators used
are return-on-investments and payback period, net present value, internal rate of return, and benefit-cost ratio. The indicators are used as budgeting instruments in the production run.

guimaras3The first production run is a “training run,” closely supervised by AQD trainers. In the course of the season-long training, participants do the actual production operations like stocking, feeding, sampling and monitoring, disease surveillance and prevention, cage/pond repair and maintenance, harvesting, and marketing. The succeeding production runs are operated and managed by the beneficiaries, if they are evaluated as ready and capable, with minimum supervision by AQD.

ICDSA project duration is usually three years – long enough for the beneficiaries to learn and be confident in operating and managing aquaculture farms.

Research studies

Baseline socioeconomic data are gathered through surveys and from secondary sources prior to or in the early months of the project implementation. At the start of the project, selected areas are studied to determine their carrying capacity as potential sites for aquaculture projects. And at the end, assessments will be conducted to measure, quantitatively and qualitatively, the project impact on the socioeconomic condition of the beneficiaries and on the aquatic environment.

Policy and governance

The information will be packaged into policy briefs and presented to LGUs to encourage legislation in support of sustainable aquaculture and fisheries development.


Download the ICD-SA flyer
containing the project
rationale, objectives,
strategy, goal, targets, and
current project sites as of 2012.

2011 Training schedule


Date / Status Training Courses* Venue** Training Fee***
For the Philippines, AQD’s host country (PhP) For SEAFDEC or ASEAN member – countries (US$)
22 November – 01 December

Accepting applicants

Community-Based Freshwater Aquaculture for Remote Rural Areas of Southeast Asia TMS 12,000 1,000
17 – 21 October

Accepting applicants

Catfish Hatchery & Grow-out BFS 6,000 500
14 November – 02 December

Accepting applicants

Freshwater Aquaculture BFS 14,000 1,600
Other Courses
By arrangement

Accepting applicants

Hatchery of Selected Species


TMS 15,000 1,800
By arrangement

Accepting applicants

Detection of Viral Diseases by PCR (Virus PCR) TMS 8,000 700


Date / Status Training Courses* Venue** Training Fee***
For the Philippines, AQD’s host country (PhP) For SEAFDEC or ASEAN member – countries (US$)
24 – 28 January Tilapia Hatchery & Grow-out BFS 6,000 500
21 March – 01 April Freshwater Prawn Hatchery & Pond Grow-out BFS 12,000 1,200
21 – 25 March Carp Hatchery & Grow-out BFS 6,000 500
21 March – 22 July Distance Learning Course: Principles of Aquaculture Nutrition (AquaNutrition Online)**** Online 8,000 500
29 March – 18 April Abalone Hatchery & Grow-out TMS 14,000 1,700
25 – 29 April Catfish Hatchery & Grow-out BFS 6,000 500
26 April – 09 May Seaweed Farming & Grow-out TMS 12,000 1,200
04 – 17 May Seed production, Nursery & Grow-out of Sandfish (Holothuria scabra) TMS 12,500 1,200
19 May – 24 June

20 June – 26 July

Marine Fish Hatchery**** TMS 16,000 2,200
23 May – 10 June Freshwater Aquaculture BFS 14,000 1,600
24 May – 10 June Cage/Pond Culture of Selected Marine Species TMS 12,000 1,600
25 May – 04 June Mangrove Conservation, Management & Rehabilitation TMS 14,000 1,200
27 June – 19 July Crab Hatchery, Nursery & Grow-out TMS 14,000 1,800
07 – 27 July Abalone Hatchery & Grow-out TMS 14,000 1,700
18 – 22 July Tilapia Hatchery & Grow-out BFS 6,000 500
12 – 18 July Community-Based Resource Enhancement TMS
22 – 26 August Freshwater Prawn Hatchery & Pond Grow-out BFS 6,000 500
26 September – 01 October International training course on mud crab culture***** Myanmar 6,000 500
19 – 23 September Carp Hatchery & Grow-out BFS 6,000 500


*Training courses may be postponed if minimum number of participants cannot be attained. Courses should have at least 7 local participants

**BFS – Binangonan Freshwater Station, Tapao Point, Binangonan, Rizal ; TMS – Tigbauan Main Station, Tigbauan, Iloilo

***Training fees cover cost of registration, training materials, field trips, accident insurance and lodging except meals

****A limited number of training fellowships from Government of Japan – Trust Fund is available

*****Myanmar participants may avail of the discounted rate

For more information, please contact:
Training and Information Division
Tel No.: (6333) 511 9172; Fax No.: (6333) 511 8709

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