“A broodstock development program is considered one of the limiting factors faced by many industry stakeholders. This may be addressed with the help of the government by establishing a broodstock development facility which will cater to the needs of interested stakeholders for their broodstock requirements by operating a breeding and hatchery facility,” Francisco Santos, OIC-Chief at the Aquaculture R&D Division of the NFRDI, told Hatchery International.
“With the increased number of hatcheries operating in the locality, producing and obtaining juveniles for aquaculture use is seen to have greater feasibility and economic viability,” Santos said.
NBDP, which has been approved but not yet signed, covers the stock inventory of existing breeders, hatchery facilities and manpower, selection and upgrading of broodstock, development of breeders, screening and identification of program recipients, upgrading of knowledge and skills through training and technical staff.
“While milkfish is important, its production has been hindered by various problems. Among the most critical of these is the limited supply of fry,” he said.
Based on 2015 figures, the milkfish requirements of the Philippines was estimated at 2.5 billion fry. Private and government hatcheries supplied only one billion. The rest were either imported, mostly from Indonesia, or were wild fry.
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is a nonprofit organization established by the United States’ Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. Remarkably for these times, there was bipartisan congressional support for the organization and the activities it supports, which include aquaculture.
A serious problem may be emerging for fish hatcheries in the United States, according to Al Barney, hatchery manager with the Nisqually Tribal Hatchery in Olympia, Washington. It’s due to increasingly restrictive regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the chemicals that may be used to treat water for fish farming.
Sir Sandford Fleming School of Natural Resource Sciences in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada is home to the Lake Simcoe Muskellunge Restoration Project’s muskellunge hatchery. Here, nestled in rural Ontario, hatchery technician Mark Newell has pioneered the techniques to successfully raise this challenging species in a hatchery setting.
In a recent study Polish researchers have determined what they believe is the optimal feeding level for burbot larvae fed freshly hatched brine shrimp during three different rearing larval stages.
Unlike most recent developments in the application of advanced molecular genetics in animal breeding, Genomic Selection promises to be accessible to relatively modest breeding programmes. This is due in large part to it being less reliant on extensive infrastructure such as separate family tanks and whole-lifetime trait recording.
In the November 2014 issue of Hatchery International, contributor Erich Luening described some recent work from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, on the shelf life of cultured micro-algal concentrates. The article also described their potential to replace live micro-algae used to enrich rotifers and other live feeds for marine fish larvae.
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