Successful introduction of mussels to Padre Burgos, Philippines

The introduction of green mussels (Perna viridis ) is Padre viridis) in Padre Burgos, Philippines, is described. Spat settlement, although small so far, is a strong positive indication that mussel culture is feasible in the area. Upon successful completion of the project, the results will be used to set up guidelines for other sites not yet obtaining spat settlement and also to assist in locating other areas suitable for mussel culture.

A search for new methods for fish stock assessment and management: the FSA-CRSP overview and Philippine activities

A brief account of the USAID funded fish stock assessment collaborative Research Support Program is given, with emphasis on its Philippine module, devoted to empirical analyses, modelling and field studies aimed at improved management of exploited multispecies fish stocks.

Rice/carp farming in the Philippines and cultural acceptance

In response to inland fisheries demands for more manageable species of fish, development agencies in the Philippines have turned some attention to common carp (Cyprinus carpio) and its culture in rice paddies. Tilapia, which have been used exten-sively in rice fields, require more management than carp. With the advent of integrated fish farming and agriculture

Response to selection for growth in an interspecific hybrid between Oreochromis mossambicus and O. niloticus in two distinct environments

The development of a saline tolerant tilapia strain able to grow fast is of importance in the Philippines, where 240 000 ha of brackish water ponds are available. To this end, founder hybridization between Oreochromis niloticus (with favorable growth traits) and O. mossambicus (with favorable salinity tolerance traits) was performed and followed by backcrossing with O. mossambicus to develop a strain highly tolerant to saline environments. Genetic selection for growth performance was subsequently conducted.

Sumilon Island: Philippine marine park pilot site enjoys early success

Since 1974, Sumilon, a 23-ha island near the southeastern tip of Cebu, Philippines, has been managed by Silliman University as a natural reserve in cooperation with the municipality of Oslob, Cebu. The use of the island as a marine park pilot site has been made possible through the Marine Parks Development Program within the Ministry of Natural Resources. This articles gives an account of this pilot project.

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