In line with the DOST’s priorities and thrusts in harnessing the country’s scientific and technological capabilities for sustained economic growth and development, the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST-IX) has recently approved the grant of financial assistance to the Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology (ZSCMST) to undertake the project entitled “Hatchery Seedling Production for Marine Culture Species”.
Through the project, ZSCMST will conduct two (2) research studies: 1) Broodstock Development, Hatching and Larval Rearing of Local White Shrimp (Penaeus indicus) and 2) Hatching Rate, Growth and Survival of Cuttlefish (Sepia spp) Juveniles at Different Stocking Densities and Feeding Regimes in Controlled Condition.
The project aims to develop and sustain the declining aquaculture industry. Specifically, it is designed to address the insufficiency or unavailability of suitable seedlings on local white shrimps and cuttlefish.
Initially, the project is set to benefit the members of the Curuan District Fishpond Operators Association. Eventually, the project will also cater to the needs of other fishpond operators / owners, fishermen, and costal dwellers in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula region.
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between the DOST-IX and ZSCMST on January 27, 2011 stipulates that DOST-IX shall provide a total grant of Five Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (P550,000) to implement the project through the DOST-GIA Program. The project shall be completed within a period of one (1) year starting February 2011.
The DOST-GIA Program encourages participation of academe, government and non-government organizations to undertake research and development (R&D) under the following priority areas: food, agriculture and fisheries, environment (including climate change), alternative energy, health & medical products, and information and communications technology (ICT). (TED/DOST-IX PRESS RELEASE)