SEAFDEC/AQD conducts second soft-shell crab course

By Development Communication Section

Due to the increasing demand of soft-shell crabs in the market, AQD conducted a specialized course on ‘soft-shell crab farming’ as requested by US-based physician Mr. Virgil Frando, from 16 to 21 March 2015 at AQD’s Tigbauan Main Station and Dumangas Brackishwater Station in Iloilo.

Together with Mr. Virgil Frando, a medical doctor of Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas, are his brother, businessman Mr. Pedro Frando and first cousin, retired military Mr. Leonardo Grabador – both from Sorsogon.

The course aims to provide the participants with technical knowledge and skills in soft-shell crab production and management. The trainees attend lectures ranging from mangrove crab’s (mud crab) biology to nursery & hatchery management and from industry overview to economic evaluation & marketing. The course also includes a series of practical hands-on sessions on installation of net cages, pond preparation, stocking, monitoring of water parameters, feeding and water management and crab sampling.

This is the second time for AQD to conduct a course in soft-shell crab farming; the first one was requested by Santeh Feeds Corporation last January.

The trainees attending the lectures on biology of mangrove crab (mud crab) by Dr. Fe Dolores Estepa at the training section in Tigbauan Main Station [top] and grow-out culture of mangrove crabs (mud crabs) & soft-shell crab farming by Dr. Emilia Quinitio at the Dumangas Brackishwater Station [above].
The trainees attending the lectures on biology of mangrove crab (mud crab) by Dr. Fe Dolores Estepa at the training section in Tigbauan Main Station [top] and grow-out culture of mangrove crabs (mud crabs) & soft-shell crab farming by Dr. Emilia Quinitio at the Dumangas Brackishwater Station [above].
AQD scientist Dr. Fe Estepa and senior technical assistant Mr. Steve Garibay with the three trainees as they identify the gender of the crabs during the practicals on biology & identification of mangrove crabs (mud crabs)
AQD scientist Dr. Fe Estepa and senior technical assistant Mr. Steve Garibay with the three trainees as they identify the gender of the crabs during the practicals on biology & identification of mangrove crabs (mud crabs)
AQD scientist Dr. Emilia Quinitio showing the trainees a miniature version of the soft-shell crab set-up
AQD scientist Dr. Emilia Quinitio showing the trainees a miniature version of the soft-shell crab set-up

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