USSEC conducted two Risk Management on Milkfish Cage Culture and Health & Disease Management Workshops in Panabo City, Davao del Norte and Digos City, Davao del Sur, Philippines from August 7 - 9. The objective of the workshops was to teach milkfish cage farmers how to manage risk in milkfish cage aquaculture, impart knowledge on health management and disease prevention for efficient production, and maximize farmers’ profit.
Center Chief of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) - National Mariculture Center director Andrew Ventura presented and discussed updates of the agency’s program and activities to improve the mariculture parks in the Davao province.
Levy Loreto L. Manalac, USSEC Philippines Technical Manager and Southeast Asia Demonstration Coordinator, presented and discussed risk management in milkfish cage aquaculture to maximize profit including use of quality feeds, good feeding management, and best culture management.
Hsiang Pin Lan, USSEC Marine Fish Aquaculture Specialist, presented and discussed milkfish health management and disease prevention in milkfish marine cage culture emphasizing USSEC’s low volume high density (LVHD) cage culture technologies, with proper feeding management and understanding the fish growth rate in relation to feeding levels and feed conversion ratio to minimize pollution to the environment and optimizing economic return.
The participants understood and realized the value of using high quality feeds and importance of best management practices in a risk-free and disease-free milkfish cage culture.
78 participants attended the workshop in Panabo City, Davao del Norte, while 110 participants attended the workshop in Digos City, Davao del Sur. All participants were from the milkfish cage operators, technicians, feed managers, local government units staff, aqua feed millers staff, and cage manufacturers from various marine cage and mariculture sites in Davao Province, Philippines.