Celebrating 25 years of fish breeding success in the Philippines
In July 2011, the Philippines Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first success at milkfish (bangus) spawning in captivity. During the celebrations IDRC’s Wilfredo Reyes accepted a Plaque of Recognition for our contributions to the country’s milkfish breeding program.
With IDRC support in the 1970s and 1980s, researchers at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center succeeded in getting the milkfish to spawn in captivity—a first. Fish farmers in the Philippines now have a larger, more reliable supply of milkfish seed stock, or fry, to raise in their ponds.
“The research contributed immensely to the increased production of milkfish by fish farmers in the Philippines, which spilled over to countries like Indonesia,” says Reyes.
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