The DA-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), through the Aquaculture Research and Development Division (ARDD), conducted a series of tilapia fingerlings dispersal on February 8 and 13, 2024 in Batangas and Mindoro, respectively.

The fingerlings dispersal is from the aquashade technology production that NFRDI is currently verifying on the ground under different agroclimatic conditions. Developed by the Central Luzon State University, the aquashading technology uses netting materials installed on top of ponds, which serve as protection against excess sunlight during tilapia breeding.

Through aquashading, water temperature is reduced by around 3-4 °C, making it favorable for tilapia reproduction. It improves the oxygen-holding capacity of the water, reduces the fluctuation of water temperature, and increases the economic benefits of increasing fry production, especially during summer months.

The study conducted the collection of tilapia fry and fingerlings, wherein about 8,700 fingerlings were collected and dispersed for grow-out beneficiaries in Batangas. Meanwhile, 3,150 fingerlings were dispersed to beneficiaries in Mindoro. The dispersed fingerlings were also tested for tilapia virus infection and yielded negative results. ### (Joannah Gilda Joannah Calderon)