By Development Communication Section
Seven participants completed the 37-day training on marine fish hatchery from 20 June to 26 July 2017 at SEAFDEC/AQD’s Tigbauan Main Station. Trainees came from the government and private sectors based in Viet Nam (1), Myanmar (1), Malaysia (1) and the Philippines (4).
The month-long course covered marine fishes such as milkfish, seabass, grouper, snapper, rabbitfish and pompano and discussed their biology, broodstock management, larval rearing and hatchery operations, production of natural food, feed development, health management and marketing strategies. The participants also had hands-on experience on the rearing of the said commodities.
Trainees went on field trips to private hatcheries and fish farms in Oton and Dumangas in Iloilo and Roxas City, Capiz where they witnessed actual marine fish hatchery operations. Likewise, they visited SEAFDEC/AQD’s Igang Marine Station and Dumangas Brackishwater Station.
For 32 years, SEAFDEC/AQD has been providing technical knowledge and skills to hatchery owners, technicians, extension workers, aquaculturists and other stakeholders through its training courses.
A total of 420 trainees were trained on marine fish hatchery since 1985 when the course was first implemented. In 1987, the Government of Japan-Trust Fund started to provide fellowship grants for SEAFDEC member countries.