On-site HRD training on rural aquaculture and crab farming

The participants during the closing ceremonyA total of 17 participants completed the Human resources development (HRD) on-site training course on rural aquaculture conducted last March 8-11 in Hai Phong City, Vietnam. The course was a part of the training series being conducted by SEAFDEC in eight member countries under the project HRD on poverty alleviation and food security by fisheries intervention in the ASEAN region. Two AQD staff – socioeconomist Dr. Nerissa Salayo and training coordinator Ms. Ruby Bombeo -- gave technical and logistical assistance during the training which was designed by Ms. Chau Thi Tuyet Hanh of Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The course was organized to help fish Cá bóp or sleeper fishfarmers find livelihood options and train them in small-scale culture of new species capable of living in deteriorating aquatic environment.

Topics covered are responsible aquaculture practices & food safety, sustainable rural aquaculture, issues and concerns in peri-urban aquaculture, shrimp culture, and alternative livelihood options. The participants also made two field visits, one to a small farm culturing cá bóp, also known as sleeper fish or goby which is suited to low-quality water, and another to a fish processing facility in Hai Thanh commune where drying of mackerel or tuna was presented as a livelihood option.

AQD scientist Dr. Emilia Quinitio gives a lecture In Chaung Tha, Myanmar where the HRD on-site course on mud crab seed production was conducted March 23-25, the attendees were 17 government fisheries workers. AQD sent its scientist Dr. Emilia Quinitio to be the resource person. The discussion focused on Scylla olivacea, the most common crab species in Myanmar, and included lectures on broodstock/larval rearing and practical demonstrations on morphology and evaluation of broodstock maturity & egg quality. The training was sponsored by Myanmar’s Department of Fisheries and the Government of Japan.


AQD conducts international courses on marine fish, crab, algae, and shrimp

Trainees visit a private farm for milkfish

  “I made the right choice in coming to AQD,” said Ms. Claudia Ehlers Kerber of Brazil upon completing the International training on marine fish hatchery which ran from May 26 to July 1. “This is because of the knowledge imparted unselfishly by AQD mentors and the skills we gained.” Ms. Kerber had 14 co-trainees from Indonesia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sudan, Thailand, Sultanate of Oman, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Philippines.” Lectures and practicals covered a diverse selection of topics such as sustainable aquaculture, fish biology, natural food production, hatchery design & management, nutrition &  feeds, water quality monitoring, health management, economics, post-harvest, and marketing. The participants also made field trips.


The participants and AQD staff during the closing ceremonyFor the International training on crab hatchery and grow-out, six participants coming from the Sultanate of Oman,  Singapore and the Philippines completed AQD’s course held April 14–May 5. AQD resource persons lectured on seed production, nursery & grow-out, and industry status; and gave practical demonstrations on microalgae & Artemia culture as well as larval rearing and feeding. AQD Deputy Chief Dr. Azuma, in his message to participants, said that the course was conducted not only to instruct “how to produce good quality crab seed and how to grow healthy and high-value crabs” but also because there is a “need to disseminate new technology to ensure the sustainability of crab farming through environment-friendly methods.” 


Mr. Mohammed Mudhafar Al-Wahaibi

A sole participant from the Sultanate of Oman, Mr. Mohammed Mudhafar Al-Wahaibi,                                       attended the Special training course on algal isolation and purification that was                                                   conducted by AQD from April 14 to May 5.




A trainee examines pathogens during the practical on disease prevention and controlFor the Special training on shrimp farming (with emphasis on shrimp health management) that was conducted by AQD April 12-28, six participants attended, four of whom are staff of the National Prawn Company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The other trainees came from the Philippines and Sudan. The training course encompassed lectures and practicals on the shrimp industry; disease detection, prevention, & control; feed preparation; business planning & management; harvest & post-harvest; and site selection & pond preparation. The participants also went on field trips.



AQD and Zoological Society of London collaborate on CRM course

ZSL socioeconomist Ms. Josephine Savaris talks about community organizing and CRM planning Sustainable CRM or coastal resource management is the topic of a training organized by AQD and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) on two separate sessions – May 26 to 28 and June 16 to 18 – at AQD’s Iloilo station. The training was held in collaboration with the local government units (LGUs) and people’s organizations (POs) of Ivisan and Pan-ay, Capiz; Ibajay, Aklan; and Ajuy, Iloilo. Attended by a total of 66 participants, the course was aimed at preparing the participants in making their own CRM plans. Lectures included the concept of sustainable CRM, coastal & marine ecosystems, laws &  policies related to mangroves and CRM, livelihood & enterprise development, IEC or information-education-communication, shoreline management, coastal tourism, fisheries habitat management, coastal zoning, community AQD scientist Dr. Junemie Lebata-Ramos gives a lecture on coastal and marine ecosystemsorganizing, legal arrangement                                   & institutional development, and health & sanitation in coastal areas.

“Sustainable CRM is an area close to AQD’s heart, since this is what we have been hoping to achieve for the past 37 years,” said AQD Chief Dr. Joebert Toledo during the closing ceremony. He also mentioned that AQD’s first CRM project was in Malalison island in Antique, west central Philippines. “We would like to see the lessons in Malalison applied by other communities, and AQD is willing to  provide technical support should LGUs and POs wish to engage in aquaculture as part of their CRM plan.” 

AQD's training & information head Mr. Renato Agbayani discusses livelihoods enterprise development for the Capiz participants

AQD socioeconomist Ms. Didi Baticados gives a lecture on livelihood and enterprise development to Aklan-Iloilo participants

AQD's development communication section head Ms. Mila Castaños lectures on information-education-communication








AQD exhibits in two events

AQD participated in two events and put up booths. The first was during the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia East Asia Growth Area’s (BIMP-EAGA) High-value aquaculture business conference held April 5-7 in General Santos City, southern Mindanao. AQD researchers Mr. Vincent Encena II and Ms. Ma. Rovilla Luhan were invited to deliver talks on abalone and seaweed farming, respectively, at the said conference.

The second was in Bohol. The Aquaculture technology 2010 convention organized by BFAR Region 7, Municipality of Calape and a private partner was held April 6-8.

 (L-R) AQD presentors Mr. Vincent Encena II and Ms. Ma. Rovilla Luhan with Dr. Jose Ingles of World Wildlife FundActor Cesar Montano (right) visited AQD’s booth ,manned by Mr. Rosenio Pagador during the Aquatech 2010 convention






AQD conducts post-harvest training for women

AQD organized two post-harvest courses for the women of Iloilo and Guimaras provinces. The Training on post-harvest and marketing of milkfish had 28 participants and was conducted on April 16 and on April 29. The training-workshop was aimed at building the women’s capability in the proper handling after harvest, value-adding and marketing of milkfish. The participants were taught deboning techniques and marinade preparation. Two researchers from the University of the Philippines Visayas were the resource persons. For the Smoked processing training for Guimaras women, AQD and Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc. (TSKI) joined forces. This was held April 15-16 with 20 fisherfolk from four villages attending. The course included deboning, smoking, and costing of milkfish which were taught by three small-business entrepreneurs.

Clockwise: Participants try their hand at deboning, marinating, and smoking bangus; bangus packaged and ready to be sold











  Packaged bangus Smoking bangus (in the middle is one of the small-business entrepreneurs)







Private sector thanks AQD

Ms. Betty Lua, AQD Chief Dr. Joebert Toledo, and Mr. Fortunato Sanchez Jr. sign the closure agreement (seated, 3rd to 5th from left, respectively) as witnessed by the Lua family members AQD Chief Dr. Joebert Toledo signed the closure agreement with AQD’s private sector clients Ms. Betty Lua and Mr. Fortunato Sanchez Jr. on April 27 in their milkfish farm in Cebu City, Philippines. The technical assistance extended by AQD is under its ABOT Aquanegosyo program or Agree-build-operate-transfer aquabusiness which is AQD’s technology transfer mechanism for fish farmers and investors that is open to the region.




The Lua family farm in Cebu The Lua farm has a total area of 80 ha, but only 34 ha were developed for milkfish culture by AQD. From 2 tons of milkfish harvest in 2007, AQD was able to increase production to 36 tons in 2009. Ms. Lua said she was “very thankful that at least SEAFDEC is open to sharing with us their technology” and “giving us a chance to develop and fully utilize the area.”






New manuals, reports, flyer

Order these publications from bookstore@seafdec.org.ph

AEM 49 Farming of the tropical abalone Haliotis asininaFarming of the tropical abalone Haliotis asinina, a 30-page extension manual detailing site selection, nursery and grow-out operations, harvest and live transport, and economic feasibility. It also includes a flowchart of abalone culture and cooking recipes. Written by AQD’s VC Encena II and NC Bayona








AEM 46 Intensive culture of sea bass Lates calcarifer in brackishwater earthen ponds Intensive culture of seabass, Lates calcarifer Bloch, in brackishwater earthen ponds, a 34-page extension manual describing criteria for site selection, monoculture and polyculture operations including feeds and feeding, harvest, common diseases, and economic analysis. Written by AQD’s GS Jamerlan and RM Coloso








AEM 47 Mud crab nursery in ponds Mud crab nursery in ponds, 27-page extension manual that is highly illustrated, detailing the biology, nursery, harvest, marketing, costs-and-returns of mudcrab nursery in ponds. Published by AQD, it is a collaboration with ACE, MODE/SPPI, BVFMC, ACELT, BFAR and ACIAR-CATP








AEM 45 Fingerling production of hatchery-reared milkfish (Chanos chanos) in earthen nursery ponds Fingerling production of hatchery-reared milkfish (Chanos chanos) in earthen nursery ponds, a 32-page extension manual detailing the three types of nurseries, site selection, and pond preparation; fry selection, handling, transport, acclimation and stocking; fish monitoring, feeding, and harvest; and economics. It is written by AQD’s E Coniza, CL Marte, RM Coloso, and FH Huervana








AEM 44 Prevention and control measures against viral nervous necrosis (VNN) in marine fish hatcheries Prevention and control measures against viral nervous necrosis (VNN) in marine fish hatcheries, a 38-page extension manual that describes the clinical signs, behavioral changes, and species affected by the virus; detection, prevention and control methods are also included. Written by AQD’s LD de la Pena, the publication is funded by the GOJ-TF








The pawikan album - The sea turtles captured around Panay and Guimaras The pawikan album: the sea turtles captured around Panay and Guimaras Islands, Philippines, a 83-page book documenting the five species of sea turtles and a total of 93 individuals brought into the care of AQD’s FishWorld. With lots of full-color photos, it is written by TU Bagarinao, EF Doyola-Solis, and JE Fernando-Teves








SEAFDEC/AQD Highlights 2009 2009 AQD Highlights, a 44-page report of SEAFDEC’s progress in its aquaculture research, training and information dissemination mandates. The file may be downloaded from www.seafdec.org.ph









Flyer_Prevention & control of parasites in groupers Prevention and control of parasites in groupers, a 4-fold flyer that tabulates the protozoans, monogeneans, didymozoid digeneans, nematodes, crustaceans and leeches that are parasitic to groupers in aquaculture. Prevention and control measures are included. The file may be downloaded from www.seafdec.org.ph