Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management

Better management practices for grouper culture in Indonesia

Published: 9/1/2012 | 3643 views
This practical manual "Better management practices for grouper culture in Indonesia" is produced by the Indonesian national team under the ASEAN Foundation supported project "“Strengthening capacity of small holder ASEAN aquaculture farmers for competitive and sustainable aquaculture

Practical Manual on Better Management Practices for Tambak Farming in Aceh

Published: 25/7/2007 | 5403 views
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I. Location of tambaks
II. Design and construction of tambaks
III. Pond preparation practices
IV. Shrimp seed selection and stocking practices
V. Feed management practices
VI. Water management practices
VII. Health management practices
VIII. Harvest and post-harvest handling practices
IX. Keeping tambak daily record book
X. Improved marketing practices

Also avilable in Bahasa Indonesia language

Farming freshwater prawns: Manual for the culture of the giant river prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii

Published: 17/9/2005 | 10066 views
A definitive and practical guide to the farming of giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii. Many of the techniques described are also applicable to the culture of other species of freshwater prawns. The principle target audience is farmers and extension workers but it is also hoped that it will be useful for aquaculture lecturers and students. After a preliminary section on the biology of freshwater prawns, the manual covers site selection for hatcheries, nurseries and grow-out facilities, and the management of the broodstock, hatchery, nursery and grow-out phases of rearing. Harvesting and post-harvest handling are also covered and there are some notes on marketing freshwater prawns. The reference and bibliography section contains a list of relevant reviews, as well as other (mainly FAO) manuals on general aquaculture themes, such as water and soil management, topography, pond construction and simple economics. The management principles described are illustrated by photographs and drawings. The manual contains annexes on specific topics such as the production of larval feeds, size variation, and stock estimation. The final annex is a glossary that lists not only the terms used in the manual itself but also those which may be found in other documents.

Editors note: This is simply the best technical manual I?ve seen. It is simply a must-have for anyone working on Macrobrachium.

BMPs for sustainable scampi farming [draft 2008]

Published: 29/2/2008 | 3335 views
A multi-stakeholder consultation with the objective of developing Better Management Practices for the fresh water prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii (Scampi) was held in the Head Office of National Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (NaCSA), Kakinada on 6th and 7th of December?07. The meeting was attended by 19 delegates representing farmers, farmer societies, hatcheries, processors, feed companies, academicians, state fisheries department, CIFE and NaCSA. MPEDA was represented by the Director from HO and Deputy Director from the regional centre in Andhra Pradesh. Based on the deliberations of the meeting draft BMPs were developed for Scampi. The draft BMPs are in process of finalization.

Mixed Shrimp-Mangrove Farming Practices - A manual for farmers

Published: 17/9/2005 | 3076 views
This manual has been prepared to assist farmers with techniques for improving yields and farm income in mixed shrimp farming-mangrove forestry farming systems in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

A Vietnamese version is also available for download.

Mixed Shrimp-Mangrove Farming Practices - A manual for extension workers

Published: 17/9/2005 | 3002 views
This manual has been prepared to assist extension officers to advise farmers on techniques for improving yields and farm income in mixed shrimp farming-mangrove forestry farming systems in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

A Vietnamese version is also available for download.

Good Management Practices for Broodstock Collectors

Published: 23/5/2007 | 3620 views
National Aquaculture Developmenet Authority of Sri Lanka (NAQDA) took several steps to regularize collectors of Penaeus monodon under the restructuring programme of the shrimp aquaculture industry in Sri Lanka. Regularization of broodstock collectors is very imperative mitigate transmission of White Spot disease from brood stock to hatcheries and also to improve the performance of a brooder.

NAQDA developed ?Good management practices for broodstock collectors? with the participation of relevant stakeholders; Department of fisheries and aquatic resources, shrimp hatchery owners , broodstock suppliers, NARA, Wayamba environmental authority, Sri Lanka aquaculture development alliance, and the consortium for shrimp aquaculture development .

Guidelines for Environmental Management of Aquaculture Investments in Vietnam

Published: 15/11/2006 | 3929 views
This Ministry of Fisheries/World Bank document provides an analysis of the environmental impacts and risks associated with aquaculture development in Viet Nam and guidance on better environmental management and monitoring for its future development. Part 1 provides a summary of the main findings, and guidelines for future development of the aquaculture sector. Part 2 provides the detailed case study findings. The guidelines were prepared by NACA for the Ministry of Fisheries of Viet Nam and the World Bank in cooperation with the Institute of Fisheries Management, the Research Institute for Aquaculture N.1, Can Tho University and WWF. The guidelines presented in Part 1 are based on cases studies of all major aquaculture commodities in Viet Nam, but gives special attention to aquaculture systems appropriate for poor coastal and inland provinces in northern, central and southern areas of Viet Nam. The document provides individual chapters covering each of the following major farming system/commodities: coastal shrimp aquaculture; marine cage farming of grouper/cobia; marine cage farming of lobsters; freshwater cage and pond culture of Pangasius catfish; freshwater cage culture of carps, emphasizing grass carp; freshwater pond culture of carps/tilapia and integrated fish farming (VAC); coastal mollusk farming (clams); and coastal seaweed farming. Based on the findings from the case studies, the document assesses the environmental issues and identifies recommended better management practices. The purpose is to provide a concise set of guidelines to assist in future development of the sector. The final part of the document provides key recommendations for implementation of the environmental guidelines; it emphasizes that public and private investment in environmental management and monitoring capacity will be critical to sustaining Vietnamese aquaculture and its importance for Viet Nam's economy.

For further information on this study, please contact:
* Dr. Ron Zweig (
* Mr. Pham Trong Yen (
* Dr. Michael Phillips:

Vietnamese version: Hướng dẫn Quản l? M?i trường trong ?ầu tư Nu?i trồng Thủy sản ở Việt Nam [PDF: 3.8MB]

Shrimp Health Management brochures

Published: 9/10/2006 | 4181 views
Shrimp Health Management brochures provide Better Management Practices (BMPs) in a reader friendly format. These brochures are prepared as extension materials through the village based demonstration programme by MPEDA (the Marine Products Export Development Authority of India) and NACA. The programme continues building success and now involves a total of 29 villages and 29 Aquaclubs in five Indian states (Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Orissa, Gujarat, and Karnataka) in 2006.

1. BMP summary Brochure
2. Pond preparation
3. Selection of good quality seed
4. Water quality management
5. Good feed management
6. Pond bottom management
7. Shrimp health management
8. Harvesting and post harvest handling
9. Mangrove plantation and conservation

BMP Hatchery Manual For P.monodon in Vietnam

Published: 8/1/2006 | 8226 views
The production of black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) seed has been conducted in Vietnam for nearly 20 years. Currently, there are more than 5,000 hatcheries throughout Vietnam which produced a total of 26 billion PL in 2004. The two provinces of Khanh Hoa and Ca Mau are considered the major seed production centres. To date, hatcheries have been able to supply the demands of the commercial shrimp farms but variable seed quality, and the prevalence of diseases has resulted in huge damages to both the hatchery and grow-out sectors.

In order to provide practical and effective technical guidance for shrimp hatchery management, it is necessary to establish a set of Better Management Practices (BMPs) which underpin an effective hatchery production system. These include the presence of essential infrastructure, the development of the maintenance of biosecurity, the provision of adequate amounts of clean water, the responsible use of chemicals, correct feeding practices, and the assurance of the health status of stocks through in-house and laboratory testing.

This document is not a complete manual on the management of P. monodon hatcheries, but rather, it concentrates on the implementation of BMPs for the hatchery covering all of the critical stages and processes in the production cycle, which are currently believed to be causing problems in Vietnamese hatcheries.

Document is also available in [Vietnamese]

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