By Development Communication Section
Over a hundred scientists, researchers, academicians, technicians, and fish farmers reviewed a technical manual on “molobicus”, the salt-tolerant hybrid of Nile and Mozambique tilapia. This was done during the Workshop on the manual for the development of brackishwater tilapia technology management and protocols held 20-21 March in Dagupan City, Philippines. The workshop was organized by DA’s Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources – National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center in collaboration with the Asian Fisheries Academy.
Participants were formed into groups to discuss and review aspects of the manual on (1) hatchery & propagation, (2) grow-out, and (3) post-harvest & marketing. AQD scientist Dr. Maria Rowena Eguia, who attended for AQD, observed that this review process is very effective because experts and stakeholders can immediately revise and add data before the manual is mass-printed.
The technology for saline tilapia culture was mainly attributed to Dr. Pierre Morissens who was acknowledged at the workshop as the “global scientist and catalyst of saline tilapia program” for his 17 years of saline tilapia research. He is with CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development.