By Development Communication Section
SEAFDEC/AQD and other stakeholders of the shrimp industry convened at the 9th National Shrimp Congress held at Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines from 2 to 4 July. More than 20 senior and junior AQD research staff attended the conference. The conference served as a venue to gather all shrimp stakeholders who are the key players in achieving the Philippines’ goal of producing high quality shrimps that can compete in the global market.
In order to attain this goal, the event had technical sessions on the updates of shrimp aquaculture such as pond water quality management, health management, and on feeds and feeding strategies. Additional topics were also discussed on marketing, financing as well as the enforcement of laws relevant to shrimp aquaculture. There was also a poster presentation where AQD have four entries namely; “Luminescent vibriosis in Penaeus vannamei: First case in the Philippines,” “Molecular detection of Vibrio harveyi in Asian sea bass, Lates calcarifer using dnaJ gene as marker,” “Antibacterial activity of extracts from Panay seaweed (Ulva pertusa Kjellman),” and “Survey of antibiotics and organochlorine pesticide residues from selected locations in the Philippines.” AQD also participated in the event’s exhibit which enabled it to reach more aquaculture stakeholders. All these activities, plus the brisk sales of the extension manuals and other publications of SEAFDEC/AQD helped to disseminate AQD’s science-based aquaculture technologies.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Shrimp Industry Inc., AQD, and the Department of Science and Technology-Region 6 were the organizers of this event.