RESEARCHERS from the University of the Philippines Visayas (Miagao, Iloilo) have come up with an algal paste that can prove very useful to operators of aquaculture hatcheries.
Algae are important food for finfishes, crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic organisms. The problem is that during inclement weather, hatchery operators may not have access to supply of fresh algae for their projects. That’s the reason why PCAARRD, an agency of the Department of Science and Technology, has provided funds for the UP Visayas researchers to come up with the algal paste which is concentrated live algae. The project is under the National Aquafeeds R&D program in collaboration with UP Los Banos and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department.
Three algae species are used in making the algal paste which can be stored under refrigeration for a couple of months. It is efficient, cheap and readily available, according to Soledad S. Garibay who can be contacted at tel. (033) 315-8090 or 0928-744-4465.