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AQD conducts training on bighead carp and native catfish

Trainees at the bighead carp (top) and native catfish (bottom) lectures


Two training courses on freshwater commodities entitled “Induced spawning of bighead carp” and “Hatchery and grow-out culture of native catfish” were held at AQD’s Binangonan Freshwater Station from 17 to 21 September and from 8 to 12 October, respectively.

Three participants from the private sector attended the carp training. The course included lectures on broodstock management and practical sessions with emphasis on broodstock selection, hormone preparation, egg stripping & incubation and monitoring of embryonic & larval development. The participants showed keen interest on the course that two of them even brought 750,000 pieces of one-day old carp fry for nursery culture in several hectares of company-owned fishponds in Calauan, Laguna.

On the other hand, the training course on native catfish was attended by seven participants from government and business sectors. Through a series of presentations and interactive discussions, the training introduced science-based technologies and methods of catfish breeding, larval rearing, and fry/fingerling production for grow-out purposes. The course also covered the following topics: biology & reproduction, site selection & water management, diseases & health management, nutrition & feeding, and economics of pond farming.

In both courses, a total of 23 fisheries students and faculty of the University of Rizal System (URS) Cardona campus joined. AQD and URS recently signed an agreement to share knowledge and information.

AQD’s Engr. Emil Aralar observes as trainees including URS students and faculty prepare hormones for carp spawning trial
Trainees stocking one-day old catfish larvae in tanks

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