SEAFDEC / AQD’s sandfish training concluded

By Development Communication Section

Senior technical assistant Mr. Jesus Rodriguez supervise the trainees during their practical on sandfish larval rearing
Senior technical assistant Mr. Jesus Rodriguez supervise the trainees during their practical on sandfish larval rearing

Seven participants from Singapore (2), India (2), United States of America (1), and the Philippines (2) completed AQD’s 15 day training on Sandfish seed production, nursery and management on 21 October at AQD’s Tigbauan Main Station in Iloilo.

Among the topics covered were biology and ecology of sea cucumbers; spawning induction & egg collection; larval rearing, phytoplankton culture; nursery system & grow-out culture;  water quality monitoring; sandfish sea ranching as a sustainable livelihood option and  impact of climate change on aquaculture production. The trainees were also given practical sessions on broodstock selection; setting-up of tanks; identification and preparation of larval food; larval rearing; identification of larval stages; broodstock transport; stocking of broodstock in sea pens and sea ranch site assessment.

In behalf of the participants, Dr. Ambithimaru Laxminarayana from India thanked the AQD experts for giving them useful information about the theory and practice of sandfish aquaculture. He also said that this training is a rewarding experience to all of them.

 

Trainees listen to AQD associate scientist Dr. Jon Altamirano for instruction during their practicals on sea ranching site assessment
Trainees listen to AQD associate scientist Dr. Jon Altamirano for instruction during their practicals on sea ranching site assessment

 

Participants pack sandfish juveniles for transport
Participants pack sandfish juveniles for transport
Participants check under the microscope the different algal species
Participants check under the microscope the different algal species

 

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