The Department of Agriculture-Fisheries Biotechnology Center (DA-FBC) took part in the 17th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration featuring fisheries technologies through a blended virtual and physical exhibit organized by the DA- Biotechnology Program Office (DA-BPO) on November 22- 26, 2021 at DA Building, Quezon City.

Among the fisheries technologies showcased were: 

1) FishTrace: a DNA-based technology for identifying fishery products 

(Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos, DA-National Fisheries Research Development Institute)

2) Jamp Alert WSSV Detection Kit

(Dr. Mary Beth Maningas, University of Santo Tomas) 

3) Juan Algae Paste: The Game Changer in Aquaculture 

(Ms. Sol Garibay, University of the Philippines Visayas)

The DA-FBC also hosted the 6th National Fisheries Biotechnology Symposium (NFBS) in partnership with DA-BPO, which highlighted the beneficial impacts of fisheries biotechnology, particularly on fish disease and health management, for the improvement of fisheries and aquaculture production, increased fisherfolk income, attainment of food security, and development of adaptive mechanisms promoting resilience to climate change. 

The two-day virtual symposium was composed of six plenary lectures on aquatic animal health. The invited speakers were from various network institutions working on relevant aquatic animal health researches and participated in by DA-FBC network institutions, SUCs, researchers, and representatives from the private sector.

This year’s biotech week celebration carried the theme, “Kapit-bisig na Pagtutulungan, Bioteknolohiya Ating Paghusayan!” and was chaired by the Department of Interior and Local Government. (ACombatir, MLianos, AJAban)

Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos, Center Chief-FBC, and Dr. Lilian C. Garcia, CESO V on their welcome remarks and opening message, respectively
FishTrace : a DNA based technology for identifying fishery products