UPV organizes 1st Philippine Mussel Congress; DOST Sec De la Peña is featured guest
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“Bigger and Safer Mussel for Every Juan.”
With this in mind, the University of the Philippines Visayas, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, organized the 1st Philippine Mussel Congress on October 25, 2018 with Department of Science of Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña as keynote speaker. The event was held at Diversion 21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
“Food security is a great concern. Food that we can source from the sea and from aquaculture answer this concern. This congress highlights the need to improve reliable source of mussel spats (seeds), reduce microbial content, and meet international standards. In other words, better quality mussels with high meat content and safe to eat,” says Sec. de la Peña during his keynote address.
On July 2014, UP Visayas, through the Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), embarked on the research Project entitled UPV Mussel Program headed by Dr. Carlos P. Baylon. It has three components namely:
1. Hatchery and Nursery Culture - implemented by Dr. Liberato Laureta and Dr. Jane Apines-Amar of the Institute of Aquaculture. This included the Genetics Project by Dr. Philip Ian Padilla of the College of Arts and Sciences, UPV;
2. Grow-out Culture - implemented by Dr. Carlos Baylon in collaboration with UP Diliman, Samar State University and Capiz State University; and
3. Post-Harvest - implemented by Ms. Rose Mueda, Ms. Loda Nacional and Ms. Ernestina Peralta of the Institute of Fish Processing Technology, CFOS.
The project was funded by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD). The congress was an opportunity for the various project proponents to share the results of their study.
Sec. de la Peña led the way in presenting what has been achieved. This included the technologies that were developed that included the following:
1. Mussel longline culture system, undertaken in deeper and cleaner areas wherein seeds or spats are placed inside mussel socks, tied to a longline, and hanged on a main rope with floaters. It is cheaper, can better stand strong weather conditions because of its design. It also reduces sedimentation (30%) and increases production by 30%.
2. Depuration / protocol facility, developed to address the problem of poor, sanitary quality of farmed mussels. The technique used in the facility allows mussels to “depurate” or self-cleanse and expel from their gut, bacteria that may pose health risks when they are eaten raw or partially cooked.
3. Site Suitability Assessment for Mussel Database has mapped potential transplantation and grow-out areas favorable to mussel growth with about 5.5 hectares identified all over the country.
4. Hatchery and nursery techniques for mussels, to address low production of mussels and insufficient and unstable seed stock.
5. Mussel primary processing protocol, to provide locally-produced primary processed mussel for the market such as chilled and blanched products. Other products developed were whole, half-shelled and shucked mussels ready for the market.
UPV Chancellor, Ricardo Babaran, had his welcome remarks read by Prof. Emelia Encarnacion Santos-Yap, Dean of the UPV College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences as he simultaneously delivered his welcome remarks in another conference organized by UPV.
He said that the holding of the 1st Philippine Mussel Congress, organized by the UPV CFOS with support from PCAARRD-DOST, was a welcome development for mussel industry players to address the emerging issues and trends in the industry. He pointed that the conference was also an opportunity to discuss among the stakeholders, various research breakthroughs on mussel done by the researchers from UPV-CFOS and other universities.