by Development Communication Section
A total of 80 participants from Oriental Mindoro and Iloilo took part in SEAFDEC/AQD’s trainings on mangrove crab farming, organized in partnership with various organizations.
SEAFDEC/AQD conducted a training on Mangrove Crab Nursery and Grow-out Culture in Concepcion, Iloilo last 31 January-1 February. The activity was attended by 32 participants from members of Plandico Fisherfolk Association, World Renew-Philippines, and Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College.
The training was organized in partnership with the World Renew Fund, an international organization that helps rehabilitate communities affected by typhoon Haiyan.
Moreover, 48 participants took part in the Klinika Series: Aquaculture Reforum 3.0 – Training Course on Mangrove Crab Nursery and Grow-out Culture organized by SEAFDEC/AQD in partnership with Tamaraw Young Professional Reformers on 8-10 February in Oriental Mindoro. The training was funded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 4B and aimed to provide the participants with the knowledge and technical skills needed to culture mangrove crab.
SEAFDEC/AQD scientists Dr. Emilia Quinitio, Dr. Fe Dolores Estepa, and Dr. Mae Catacutan were invited, respectively, to give lectures on (1) overview of the mangrove crab industry, hatchery operations, site selection & pond preparation, crab culture in ponds, pens & cages, crab fattening, aquasilviculture, soft-shell crab production and good aquaculture practices; (2) biology & identification of the mangrove crab and nursery management; and (3) nutrient requirement, feed formulation, and feed preparation for grow-out.
The participants also took part in practical sessions that included stocking & acclimation of crab instar, sampling, monitoring of pond water, feeding management, harvesting, tying of mangrove crabs, packing and transport.