Milkfish fry at the SEAFDEC hatchery in Tigbauan, Iloilo that are ready to be transported to nurseries and grow-out farms. Photo by SEAFDEC/AQD Data from the SEAFDEC/AQD hatcheryin previous years show that the sabalo only spawned between March andOctober when the weather, and consequently the water, is warmer. From Novemberto February, the hatchery was essentially unproductive due to lower watertemperature. In rough numbers, the goal is tolocally produce an additional 1.2 billion fry annually to complement the 1.1billion fry that, according to DA-BFAR estimates, are already being produced byexisting hatcheries and collected from the wild. Total national requirementstands at 2.5 billion and the expansion of local production is expected toreduce importation by 85 percent. SEAFDEC/AQD’s Integrated Milkfish Broodstock and Hatchery Complex in Tigbauan, Iloilo where heating provided to a broodstock tank successfully induced off-season spawning of breeders. Photo by J. GENILZA While completion of theseinfrastructure projects understandably take time, a third measure has alreadygained some immediate success when SEAFDEC/AQD simply manipulated watertemperature to set the mood for bangus breeders, also called sabalo,to spawn during colder months. In anticipation of expandedproduction, SEAFDEC/AQD’s milkfish hatchery is currently being expanded toaccommodate more tanks for breeders and fry. To improve the annual production ofthe hatchery, SEAFDEC/AQD raised the temperature in the water system of abreeding tank to at least 29 degrees Celsius while in another breeding tank,water was left unheated at a colder temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. DESPITE being widely regarded as theunofficial national fish, about half of the milkfish on Filipino tables areborn in hatcheries in Indonesia and Taiwan. This is the result of a perennialshortage of fry, the baby bangus in the Philippines, that are seededinto fishponds, netcages and pens where they continue to grow to marketablesizes. Since December 2019 to February2020, during otherwise zero-production-months, a total of 23 million good eggswere collected from the heated tank that contained 76 sabalo. Fromthese, almost 13 million normal larvae were hatched whereas in the case of theunheated tank, no spawning occurred. To do this, SEAFDEC/AQD has beenworking with DA-BFAR towards establishing dozens of legislated multi-specieshatcheries around the Philippines that can each produce 25 million fry everyyear while another measure is the repair and rehabilitation of abandonedhatcheries around the country. One of the milkfish breeders at SEAFDEC/AQD, now 38 years old and still spawning. Photo by J. GENILZA Recently, the Southeast AsianFisheries Development Center, Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD), aninternational research institution in Tigbauan, Iloilo, alongside theDepartment of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), has been finding ways to lift the Philippines into bangus fry sufficiency. Technicians preparing milkfish fry in white basins for packing and transport to grow-out farms. Photo by MG VICENCIO Dan Baliao, chief of SEAFDEC/AQDsays that environmental manipulation is necessary to demonstrate the year-roundspawning of milkfish breeders in the Philippines. “What we wanted here to happen forthose hatcheries struggling to stay productive during off season or coldermonths, is for them to strongly consider turning up the heat in theirbroodstock tanks,” he said./PN
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