|The final stage of microalgae culture at BBPBL Lampung - 30 tonne tanks that are the base of the food supply of the entire hatchery. Photo: Alex Basford|
Between November 2015 and January 2016, ACIAR provided funding for me to travel to several aquaculture production and research facilities in Indonesia, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Travel to these locations allowed my colleagues and I to meet with ornamental fish aquaculture experts. These trips and meetings have already significantly improved the aquaculture procedures in the MSM hatchery. Improved ornamental fish aquaculture operations will ultimately benefit the local communities who grow out ornamental fish (such as clownfish and seahorses) cultured at the MSM hatchery by providing healthier and larger volumes of juveniles to grow out.
|Dozens of clownfish broodstock tanks lined i[ at BPBL Ambon. Photo: Alex Basford.|
|Staff and farmers at BPBL Ambon sorting clownfish from sea pens for sale. Photo: Alex Basford.|
I also traveled internationally to the Nago Island Mariculture and Research Facility (NIMRF) in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea to visit ACIAR-supported James Cook University PhD candidate Thane Militz. Thane shared his extensive experience with ornamental fish and thus has helped improve the larval rearing methods used for clownfish at the MSM hatchery. Larval rearing is one of the most difficult aspects of aquaculture, and this trip allowed me to see first hand how successful the larval
rearing methods at NIMRF to help implement them at the MSM hatchery effectively.
Finally, a day trip to the National Marine Science Center (NMSC) in Coffs Harbour,
Australia was planned to investigate the benefits of using red microalgae as a food for the zooplankton at the MSM hatchery. Researcher Dr. Symon Dworjanyn explained the results of its use at the NMSC, and it’s a novel idea MSM is eager to explore at the hatchery in Takalar.
|The bright red microalgae Proteomonas sulcata in culture at the NMSC. Photo: Alex Basford.|
By Alexander Basford, former AVID volunteer, Mars Symbioscience