August 18, 2020


SEAFDEC holds webinar for Philippine aquaculture farmers


Earlier this month, The Department of Science and Technology Region 6 (DOST-6), in partnership with the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center - Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD), hosted a webinar highlighting innovative technologies to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) recover from the impact of COVID-19, Panay News reported.

Specific topics included milkfish, shrimp, and mangrove crab culture, reviving seed production of native catfish, and nursery and grow-out culture of pompano.

SEAFDEC-AQD catfish expert Rosenio Pagador presented the study on "Reviving the Native Catfish", which attracted more than 200 participants. Pagador shared information on freshwater hatchery construction for native catfish fry.

Other presenters included Dr. Fe Dolores Estepa on "Mangrove Crab Culture", Victor Emmanuel Estilo on "Milkfish and Shrimp Culture", and Ma. Irene Legaspi on "Pompano Nursery and Grow-out Culture".

According to records from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, the Philippines has a long history of many aquaculture species such as milkfish, tilapia, shrimp, carp, oyster, and mussel. Back in 1985, the Philippines was number four in terms of aquaculture production but is now in 13thplace.Unfortunately, with the economic recession brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be even more difficult for the country to improve its performance in the aquaculture industry.

In his opening message at the webinar, SEAFDEC-AQD chief Dan D. Baliao stressed that SEAFDEC will continue to be the leading institution in generating and promoting aquaculture technologies to assist its stakeholders in the Southeast Asian region.

"Hence in the middle of the pandemic, we shall continue working in a 100% workforce, five days a week to fulfill our mandate of technology transfer and capacity-building. We hope that after the smoke of the pandemic clears, our fish farmers and other stakeholders will be more than ever equipped to move the country forward," Baliao said.

The replay of the webinar can be accessed at: