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Serrano on the use of algae as aquaculture feeds

UP Scientist Dr. Augusto E. Serrano, Jr. delivered a lecture entitled, “The Use of Algae in the Feed Formulation for Aquaculture Species,” on March 30, 2016 at the conference room of the Umali Hall, UP Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo.

The lecture was one of the conditions that Serrano had to do as a grantee of the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair for Academic Year 2015-2016

Serrano said that algae are considered as a nuisance in many coastal areas and beachfronts in the country. He said that he was interested to know if such aquatic plants, found so abundantly in many parts of the country can be used as aquaculture feeds. Thus, he has conducted several studies on how algae can be used as a substitute protein source in aquaculture feeds. His lecture is based on these studies.

According to him, if algae is used in aquaculture feeds, it would reduce the cost of the feed at P 2.70 and will redound to a saving of P65,000.00 per hectare in production cost. His experiments were mainly conducted on shrimps and tilapia.

Serrano is faculty member of the Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UPV.

SEARCA (Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture) Professorial Chair grant is intended “to give due recognition to outstanding Southeast Asian Experts in the academe who have championed inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia. The study areas include, but are not limited to, social sciences, marine and fishery sciences, environmental sciences, economics, and rural development-oriented fields.”

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