College of Fisheries strengthens Culture, Development of Pacific White Shrimp
by Ariel Ortiz, MS
Pacific white shrimps (Litopenaeus vannamei) are species that have a high economic value and are national superior commodities largely produced by Asian countries. As a matter of fact, Indonesia and the Philippines are considered as the largest shrimp producers in Asia. The Philippines is known to the world for producing shrimps around 8,278MT per year. Pacific white shrimps are excellent as they can live with a range of salinity ranging from 0.5 to 45 ppt, have a high stocking density of more than 150 head/m2, have resistance to a low environmental quality, and need more maintenance time per cycle at around 90-100 days.
In light of these positive attributes, the College of Fisheries during this cycle is culturing the Pacific white shrimp (L. vannamei). MSU-GSC Chancellor Dr. Anshari P. Ali, assisted by Dean Ariel Ortiz of the College of Fisheries (v), spearheaded the seeding of the Pacific white shrimp L. vannamei fry at the COF Laboratory and Research Station (CFLRS) facility last January 30, 2020 for the purpose of production and culture of these species. The seeding will enhance intensively the learning of the students in the Fisheries program as well as develop and improve the income generation of the university. This was done in one of the production ponds of the College. The fry will be allowed to reach Average Body Weight (ABW) of twenty grams (20g) within 90-100 days before harvest time for income generation, and repeat the process in the second prepared production pond. Since the COF has four (4) massive production ponds as well as 12 smaller experimental ponds intended for culturing different species such as Bangus (Chanos chanos), Golden Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus), Pangacius (Pangasius buchanani), and the Japanese colored Koi (Cyprinus rubrofuscus), it is more than capable of maintaining and culturing Pacific white shrimp species.
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