Stakeholders learn sustainable oyster farming techniques

By Development Communication Section

Trainees collecting oyster cultches submerged in a pond of Dumangas Brackishwater Station

To address the need for a more sustainable source of oysters, 14 stakeholders attended the training course on oyster hatchery, nursery, and grow-out conducted by SEAFDEC/AQD last 29 May to 3 June 2017.

Experts shared effective and research-based aquaculture techniques to the trainees in order to provide them with enough knowledge and technical skills to start their own oyster farms that do not rely on wild stocks.

“We used to rely on stocks from the wild until now that we think about putting up a hatchery. Our biggest mistake is putting up a hatchery without any knowledge,” one of the trainees Jaime Martin Pabalan, Jr. of Hok Bay Aquaculture said during the training’s closing ceremonies.

“I’m glad that we came here [SEAFDEC/AQD] to gain knowledge. We appreciate the help from the instructors. They are very accommodating in answering our questions,” he added.

The trainees were from Agricultural Sustainability Initiatives for Nature, (ASIN) Inc., Aklan State University-College of Fisheries and Marine Sciences (ASU-CFMS), Hok Bay Aquaculture and Arton Farms, Inc.

Having done research work on oyster biology, rearing and monitoring, SEAFDEC/AQD had been in the forefront of promoting and boosting the expansion of oyster aquaculture in the Philippines.

Trainees clean and sort spats in preparation for grow-out culture
Trainees clean (removing dirt and epiphytes) oyster broodstock in preparation for spawning

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