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Traifalgar speaks at the 49th FIMFS annual national convention

Prof. Rex Ferdinand Traifalgar, faculty member and Director of the Institute of Aquaculture (IA), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) UP Visayas, was one of the plenary speakers during the 49th Annual National Convention of the Federation of Institutions for Marine and Freshwater Sciences (FIMFS). The annual convention was held at Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology City, Zamboanga City on October 18-19, 2017.

Traifalgar’s presentation was about the “Alternative Feed Proteins and Additives for Sustainable Aquaculture.”

Traifalgar said the presentation highlighted the sustainable feed protein production through biotechnology as a practical solution to the increasing demand of feed proteins for aquaculture use without relying on the use of fish meal/oil and imported soybean feed products. He also discussed how the use of natural and organic feed additives isolated from marine seaweeds and aquatic microbes enhance growth, boost resistance to stress and diseases, and promote efficient metabolism of cultured aquatic animals.

Collectively, the presentation reflected the contribution of CFOS-IA to attain sustainability and economic viability of the Philippine Aquaculture Industry through Science and Technology, he said.

With the theme, Stronger Bonds for Further Bounds Towards Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystem, Food Security and Economic Development, this year’s convention became a venue for academe, industry, local government units, non-government organizations and para-organizations in aquatic science education, research and extension to discuss, interact and collaborate with each other to protect the environment while achieving food security and propelling economic development.

FIMFS is an organization of 23-member public and private institutions of higher learning involved in marine and freshwater sciences in the Philippines. FIMFS sought to share research outputs, facilities, resources and expertise among its members. (With sources from CFOS-IA)

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