Niko Macaraeg, Science Research Specialist II and currently officer-in-charge at the Fish Nutrition and Feed Development Section, Aquaculture Research and Development Division of the DA-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), presented the oyster bamboo raft project during the “Aquaculture Philippines 2024” at World Trade Center, Pasay City on May 23, 2024.

In his presentation, titled “Innovating Oyster Culture for Sustainable Growth,” he highlighted the technology adoption process for the modified bamboo raft technology that NFRDI has implemented in Pangasinan.

“The technology commercialization project, ‘Strengthening Oyster Aquaculture in Anda, Bani, Bolinao, Alaminos City, and Sual (ABBAS) Municipalities of Pangasinan through the Bamboo Raft Technology,’ aims to boost oyster production in the ABBAS municipalities,” he added.

He emphasized NFRDI’s commitment to sustainability, highlighting their continuous development of farming technologies that are environment-friendly, aligned with standards, and are mature enough for easy adoption by farmers to ensure profitability. The modified bamboo raft technology exemplifies this approach, balancing ecological considerations with practical benefits for farmers.

Also present at the aquaculture session were Eli Bergman, chief technical officer of NanoClear Water Solutions; Dr. Roger Edward Mamauag, scientist at Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD); and Marwin Dela Cruz, associate researcher at SEAFDEC/AQD wherein they’ve also showcased technologies for the benefits of the aquaculture industry.

Aquaculture Philippines 2024, held concurrently with Livestock Philippines 2024, showcased the latest innovations in the aquaculture sector providng platform for discussions spanning the entire aquaculture value chain, from production to processing.

The conference was organized by Informa Markets, dedicated to creating platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate, and grow. ### (Niko Macaraeg)