By Development Communication Section
FISHDA Aquaventures Incorporated chairman and founder Mr. Joselito Ramos presented his experiences on “FISHDA and the Cage Culture of Palawan’s Red Jewel” and the company’s future partnership with SEAFDEC/AQD on 23 July 2015 at Tigbauan Main Station.
Mr. Ramos talked about his company FISHDA (Filipino’s Initiative for Sustainable High-Value Diversified Aquaculture) and their research on producing export quality red grouper Plectropomus leopardus. He presented the various innovations of his company including the “Eco-Sea Cage” that they use to culture red grouper. Compared to the traditional cages, the Eco-Sea Cage has a wider area and can hold a bigger volume of water wherein they can stock more fingerlings. They also feed the groupers with trash fish combined with formulated diet. In a total of four month culture period, they harvested around 700 fish (average BW of 800-900g) compared to the traditional cages that harvested around 200 fish (average BW of 600-750g). Over-all the survival rate of FISHDA’s production is 89.12% compared to the traditional that is 43.2% on average.
Despite the positive results of his research, Mr. Ramos wanted to continue the improvements of his culture. Thus, he requested AQD’s assistance in refining the culture methods and practices of his company, especially in feeding and nutrition – to which AQD Chief Dr. Felix Ayson positively responded.
To seal this future partnership between AQD and FISHDA, Mr. Ramos planned on donating red grouper breeders to AQD.
Mr. Ramos is also a trainee of the marine fish hatchery course of AQD from 17 June to 24 July 2015.