Philippine marine fish stakeholders attended the 2nd USSEC High Value Marine Fish Technical Workshop on May 8 at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources national Mariculture Center (BFAR – NMC), Panabo City, Davao Del Norte, Philippines.
The objective of the workshop, which was led by Levy Loreto L. Manalac, USSEC Philippines Technical Manager – Aquaculture and Hsiang Pin Lan, USSEC Marine Fish Aquaculture Specialist, was to update Filipino marine fish aquaculture stakeholders on Asia marine aquaculture and markets to help them plan their programs and activities in culturing high value marine fish. USSEC also discussed considerations in marine fish farming and fish health for the continuity of their fish farming, and use of aqua feeds as part of best management practices.
Mr. Manalac provided an introduction to USSEC’s Soy In Aquaculture program for the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Dalea L. Austero, Technical Officer 3, Alsons Aquaculture Corp., presented “Prospects on High Value Marine Fish Culture in the Philippines.”
Mr. Hsiang Pin Lan, USSEC Marine Fish Aquaculture Specialist discussed Asia marine aquaculture and markets and considerations in marine fish farming and fish health management, and use of high quality aqua feeds as part of best management practices to be efficient and increase profitability.
The participants understood and realized the value of using high quality feeds and the importance of best management practices in risk- and disease – free high value marine fish farming.
72 participants from the High Value Association of the Philippines, farm technicians, aqua feed millers’ staff, marine fish cage owners and investors, BFAR aquaculturists and technicians, local government, Davao Province staff, fishery officers, and other government agencies attended the workshop.