Breakthrough supplies young fish to a hungry industry
Fish farmers in the Philippines today have a larger, more reliable supply of milkfish seed stock, or fry, to raise in their ponds and marine pens than they did 30 years ago. They also have better feeding and rearing methods for this very popular, nutritious, and affordable fish.
The Mysterious Milkfish (1986)
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Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC)
Aquaculture Department, Iloilo, Philippines
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The improvements came thanks to pioneering research by a multinational team of scientists at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). During the 1970s and 1980s, IDRC provided significant funding and technical support for this work.
Milkfish accounts for about half of the farmed fish production in the Philippines. An important source of animal protein, it is vital to the country’s food security.
|"The original research done by SEAFDEC eventually opened wide the flood gates that now give fish farmers all over Southeast Asia an abundance of fry and fingerlings all-year long."
— Jaime K. Montalvo, Alsons Aquaculture Corporation, Sarangani, Philippines
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