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The Potential and Challenges of Mollusc Farming in the Philippines

SEAFDEC/AQD Scientist Ma. Junemie Hazel L. Lebata-Ramos recently published a review of the current status and future prospects of mollusc aquaculture in the Philippines, a country with rich marine biodiversity and high demand for molluscs as food and for livelihood. The article focuses on the leading mollusc species cultured in the country, such as mussels and oysters, and some emerging species with aquaculture potential, such as abalone and angel wing clams. It discusses the available technologies and research gaps for each species, covering aspects such as broodstock management, seed production, culture techniques, post-harvest processing, and genetics. The article also identifies the main constraints and opportunities for mollusc aquaculture development in the Philippines, such as the lack of commercial-scale hatcheries, dependence on wild seed stocks, limited government support, environmental impacts, and the market potential.

The article was published on 25 April 2023 in the journal Aquaculture International. You may request a copy from the SEAFDEC/AQD Institutional Repository here: https://repository.seafdec.org.ph/handle/10862/6435.

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