1st Ulang Summit

Three scientists from AQD delivered papers during the 1st National summit on the hatchery and culture of freshwater prawn held in the BFAR NIFTDC Asian Fisheries Academy in Dagupan City last December 11, 2008.

Giant freshwater prawn is locally known as “ulang” in the Philippines.

Dr. MLC Aralar presented a paper on “Culture of the giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii in lake based cages”, Dr. MRR Eguia delivered a paper on “Research Initiatives on the Giant Freshwater Prawn”, and Dr. LD de la Peña’s paper was on “Common diseases of Macrobrachium rosenbergii”.

In the summit’s draft resolution, AQD was included as one of the leading agencies in local prawn research.
One of the summit’s presentors, Ms. Cora Ryan from Kalinga, also acknowledged the skills she learned from an AQD on-site training to have helped in her ulang production.

The summit aimed to (1) gather information on available technologies, (2) identify gaps and market for the development of the industry, (3) identify strategies for the formulation of a 5-year road map, and (4) prepare a resolution for the promotion of freshwater prawn as an aquaculture commodity.

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