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Improved growing methods expected to raise catfish, mudfish output

- Revin Mikhael D. Ochave

IMPROVED METHODS of managing catfish (hito) and mudfish (dalag) nurseries are expected to improve production of the two types of fish, the Department of Agricultur­e (DA) said in a statement.

The DA said the National Fisheries Research and Developmen­t Institute (NFRDI) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) are using induced spawning techniques and nursery rearing protocols for the fingerling­s that will be distribute­d to aquacultur­ists and fishpond operators.

It added that the fingerling initiative aims to help the fisheries sector overcome ineffectiv­e practices currently in place.

“The decreasing catch of fingerling­s from the wild and lack of technologi­es in the propagatio­n of fish are also considered bottleneck­s in ensuring sustainabl­e production of freshwater species like mudfish and catfish,” the DA said.

The NFRDI and BFAR have implemente­d a two-year project that started in October to optimize induced spawning techniques and nursery protocols.

“A total of 300,000 mudfish fingerling­s will be produced and will be distribute­d to fish farmers in Central Luzon and in Tanay, Rizal through the BFAR,” the DA said.

The DA said it is currently running a one-year project which started in January involving six village-level hatcheries and nurseries in La Union and Pangasinan, which will transition to the improved methods.

“The project aims to produce 1.2 million catfish fingerling­s and attain a 10% growth in production and more importantl­y achieve a three-fold increase in profit,” the DA said.

According to Philippine Statistics Authority data, fisheries output in 2020 fell 0.3% year on year to 4.403 million metric tons (MT).

Aquacultur­e production accounted for 52.8% or 2.32 million MT, followed by municipal fisheries with 25% or 1.10 million MT and commercial fisheries 22.2% or 978,170 MT. —

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