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.