By Development Communication Section
The long-awaited refresh of the manual “Biology and Hatchery of Mangrove Crabs Scylla spp.” has been launched during SEAFDEC/AQD’s 27th Book Launching last 12 July 2018 at the SEAFDEC/AQD Multi-Purpose Hall.
The manual, authored by Dr. Emilia Quinitio, Dr. Fe Dolores Estepa, and Joana Joy Huervana, is a third edition that builds upon the second edition published in 2008. The first edition was published in 2003.
In his foreword, SEAFDEC/AQD chief Dan Baliao revealed that updated information in the manual was based on the results of several projects funded by the Government of Japan from 2007 to 2012 and by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology from 2012 to 2017.
“The updated information found here is a product of SEAFDEC/AQD’s thrust to continually improve mangrove crab culture through science-based technologies. We hope this publication will be of benefit to existing and prospective hatchery, nursery, and grow-out investors, operators, as well as technicians, instructors, and students,” said Baliao in his foreword.
The manual was ceremonially distributed to over 30 representatives from state universities and colleges, the private sector, as well as local and foreign government agencies. From thereon, it will be available for sale at the SEAFDEC/AQD bookstore at the Tigbauan Main Station or through www.seafdec.org.ph/bookstore.
Also launched during the event was the SEAFDEC/AQD Highlights 2017 and the commodity brochures, Sea Bass Culture and Mangrove Red Snapper Nursery and Grow-out. Brochures of the Laboratory Facilities for Advanced Aquaculture Technologies and SEAFDEC/AQD Analytical Services were also released along with an updated Tigbauan Main Station brochure.