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NFBC Presents R&D Results of the Extruded Floating Feeds Project in Taal Lake to TVPL-PAMB

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Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas, November 14, 2017. The NFRDI-National Fisheries Biological Center (NFBC) presented the results of its R&D project entitled Comparative Advantage of Using Extruded Floating Feeds for Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and Milkfish (Chanos chanos) Cage Culture in Taal Lake during the Meeting of Joint Committee on Fisheries and Plans and Programs, the two committees of the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape – Protected Areas Management Board (TVPL-PAMB), held at Shercon Resort, Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas. The meeting aimed to discuss major issues on cage aquaculture and capture fisheries in Taal Lake including the policy on the use of extruded floating feeds in cage aquaculture in Taal Lake which will be implemented in Taal Lake in 2017. The TVPL-PAMB Management Plan 2011-2020 and its Unified Rules and Regulations for Fisheries Section 6i, stipulates that extruded floating feeds must be used in cage aquaculture in Taal Lake. The Management Plan is the guiding plan for the management of Taal Lake.

 The results of the study presented by NFBC revealed comparative advantage of floating feeds over slow-sinking and sinking feeds. It showed better efficiency of floating feed type over slow-sinking and sinking feeds in terms of growth, biomass harvest and feed conversion ratio. Floating feed treatment also attained better size distribution at harvest with 84.01% to 84.46% of fish attaining target marketable size. The use of floating feeds also lessen the feed cost by 17.91-29.44% which result to better economic profitability and decrease feeds use by 19.64-30.0%, therefore lessen organic loading in the lake, without compromising the volume of harvest in the cages.

 A stakeholder symposium will be conducted in December 1, 2017 to present and validate the project results to stakeholders of cage aquaculture in Taal Lake including feed millers, cage operators and financiers, LGUs, BFAR 4A, DENR-PASu and TVPL-PAMB. The results of the study will serve as scientific basis for the implementation of the policy on the use of extruded floating feeds in Taal Lake cage aquaculture.

 

Report from: NFBC, Taal, Batangas