By Development Communication Section
SEAFDEC/AQD conducted three courses on catfish seed production (19-22 August), disease detection in marine fish & crustaceans (1-9 September) and feed formulation & feed evaluation for aquaculture species (1-5 September) at Tigbauan Main Station, Iloilo.
Nine trainees from the private sector attended the special training course for catfish seed production. A series of lectures and practical exercises were done to ehance the trainees skills and knowledge in various techniques for seed production like broodstock selection, hormone preparation & injection and egg incubation.
The course for disease detection in marine fish and crustaceans was by one government-funded intern from Saudi Arabia. This course was designed to provide the knowledge on the methods of detection of occurrence and surveillance of spread of diseases as well as skills in the prevention, treatment and control. The exercises spanned from the detection of major viral & bacterial diseases to histological techniques.
Due to the insuffient number of adequately trained researchers in aquaculture nutrition, the need of upgrading the researchers’ technical skills in this area is vital. Hence, the DOST’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) partnered with AQD to conduct a course on “feed formulation and feed evaluation for aquaculture species”. The training provides the participants (25 researchers from 10 colleges and universities) with the knowledge on nutrient requirements, feed preparation & other practical tools in feed evaluation. Also included in the course are lectures on feeding management and economics. A roster of top-caliber resource persons coming from AQD, University of the Philippines-Visayas and DOST-PCAARRD handled the lectures and practical exercises of this five-day course.