Improved Cost Effectiveness and Sustainability of Aquaculture in the Philippines and Indonesia

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CRSP Phase:
Phase 1

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Other Partners:
University of Arizona, Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF), Florida International University, World Aquaculture Society (WAS), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. Department of Commerce, Milford Connecticut (US); Central Luzon State University,Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) AQD, Iloilo, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) Foundation International, Inc.,Department of Agriculture, Philippines (Philippines); Ujung Batee Aquaculture Center, Banda Aceh, Indonesian Department of Fisheries, Ladong Fisheries College (Indonesia)

Principal Investigator(s):
Russell Borski (US Lead Project PI); Remedios B. Bolivar (Host Country Lead PI; Philippines); Hassan Hasanuddin(Host Country Lead PI; Indonesia)

Co-Principal Investigator(s):
Kevin Fitzsimmons (US); Evelyn Grace T. De Jesus-ayson (Philippines); ; Remedios B. Bolivar, Hassan Hasanuddin (Indonesia)


The project will develop and implement strategies to improve the cost effectiveness and sustainability of fish farming in the Philippines and Indonesia, and subsequently improve the livelihood of their people. Project investigations will assess key areas of research and extension that include methods to reduce farming costs for tilapia and milkfish, a marketing analysis to address the opportunities and constraints of expanding tilapia culture to fillet production for the export markets, development of a tilapia podcast as an emerging extension tool for the farming community of Central Luzon, and integration of polyculture for sustainable aquaculture in the Philippines and the tsunami-devastated Aceh region of Indonesia. Extension activities will provide five workshops and train approximately 30 students. The proposed project investigations incorporate specialists from Central Luzon State University, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC AQD), Ujung Batee Aquaculture Center, North Carolina State University, University of Arizona, their collaborators, and the farming communities of the host country.

Related AquaFish investigations include: 07QSD01NC, 09QSD01NC, 07SFT02NC; 09SFT04NC, 07TAP02NC, 09TAP02NC, 09MER03NC, 09MNE02NC

09FSV02NC, 07SFT02NC, 07SFT03NC, 07MNE02NC, 07MER04NC


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- Development of reduced feeding strategies and feed manufacturing technology that dramatically reduced the costs of feeds without impacting farm yield. For example, reducing the amount of feed applied to ponds by 50% daily, 33% daily or feeding on alternative days only reduces feed costs for growing marketable fish by as much as 56%. These cost savings with lower nutrient inputs have the added benefit of reducing the environmental impact and improving the sustainability of farming fish. - Workshops in Indonesia and the Philippines provided training to farming communities on seaweed polyculture in shrimp and tilapia-milkfish ponds. Women were trained on preparation methods for using seaweeds and seaweed products. Over 100-small-sclae famers have adopted seaweed polyculture. The government of Indonesia has committed to provide funds for further development of the seaweed culture in other communities. - Established first series of Tilapia podcasts to disseminate tilapia culture information. There have been 258 downloads and 444 hits on the NCSU iTunes server over a 2 month period.

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