Delegates from 10 countries attending the 56th Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) Council Meeting conducted a field visit at the Fisheries Research and Development Center (FFRDC) of the Department of Agriculture-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (DA-NFRDI) to familiarize themselves with the best practices in aquaculture research in the Philippines.

FFRDC Chief Dr. Maria Theresa Mutia welcomed the visitors from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam on May 9, 2024 in Butong, Taal, Batangas. They were joined by SEAFDEC/Aquaculture Department Chief Dan Baliao and staff and representatives from DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), who were also attending the council meeting in Tagaytay City.

Dr. Mutia presented a brief overview of the research and development (R&D) projects being conducted at the Center, including the induced breeding of the giant trevally, locally known as maliputo.

Visitors were also presented with video primers showcasing the programs, activities, and operations of NFRDI and FFRDC. They were also shown video highlights of the whiteleg shrimp harvest conducted on May 7, 2024. A guided tour around the Center’s facilities and laboratories led by FFRDC staff, Frederick Muyot and Janet Baral, concluded the study visit.

SEAFDEC Secretary General Dr. Suttinee Limthammahisorn presented a token of appreciation to Dr. Mutia for hosting the delegates during the field visit. ### (Vanessa Mae Escaño)