Seminar on Biosecurity Procedures comes to a close
| Lyna Mohamad |
THE Seminar on Biosecurity Procedures for managers and floating cage culture operators, held at the Marine Fisheries Complex in Serasa same to an end yesterday.
The guest of honour was Dyg Hjh Hasnah binti Ibrahim, the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, who also presented the certificates of participation.
Guest of honour, Dyg Hjh Hasnah binti Ibrahim (C), MIPR’s Deputy Permanent Secretary presenting a jet cleaner to one of the seminar participants. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
Also present were Abd Halidi Mohd Salleh, the Acting Director of Fisheries and Dr Celia R Lavilla-Pitogo, an Aquatic Animal Health Specialist from Integrated Aquaculture International.
The ceremony began with the mass recital of Surah Al-Fatihah followed with a summary of the seminar presented by Dr Celia as well as the presentation of certificates and distribution of jet cleaner pumps to the seminar participants.
The distribution of the jet cleaner pumps to the 50 fish farm operators that participated in the one-day seminar served as an incentive to promote biosecurity practices at fish farm operations in floating cages.
In avoiding infections and diseases, net cages should always be kept clean and tidy at all times for rapid and effective fish growth.
Dr Celia R Lavilla-Pitogo, an Aquatic Animal Health Specialist from Integrated Aquaculture International
A section of managers and fish farm operators present at the seminar
Thus, equipment such as the jet cleaner pumps are very effective for cleaning and removing hard impurities such as barnacles which are able to clean nets quickly compared to manual cleaning.
Meanwhile, the seminar was held with the objective to provide an understanding and exposure on the importance of biosecurity in the husbandry and the daily management of marine fish cage culture operations.
Prevalence of the disease can be prevented through good aquaculture practices and engaging biosecurity measures where they are important towards improving the yield of fish farms and production of better, high quality fishes.
The seminar was one of the Fisheries Department’s capacity building projects to produce quality and skilled farmers especially in the field of marine finfish floating cage culture.
Marine finfish floating cage culture is one of the aquaculture industry activities that has the potential to be developed in this country and this industry is estimated to generate a total of 8,000 metric tonne of marine fish per year by 2023.