Specific responsibilities of the centre include:
- To evaluate, assess and supervise the application of standards for mariculture in terms of both breeding and farming activities.
- To evaluate the standards for and the implementation of certification for quality control systems and the certification of personnel in connection with the breeding and culture of marine organisms.
- To evaluate mariculture systems and management for the production and husbandry of parent and grandparent marine broodstock.
- To undertake applied research in the fields of marine organism breeding and culture.
- To evaluate the standards for seed quality control, farming practices and the control of pests and diseases of marine organisms.
- To evaluate standards for environmental impact control and for marine broodstock/seed resources.
- To implement a laboratory networking system for testing/specimen examination, seed quality surveillance and the culture of marine organisms.
- To manage and provide access to an information and publication system for marine hatchery and mariculture related subjects.
Research, development and extension activities
MDC Ambon carries out the following activities:
- Seed production, nursery and grow out technology of tiger grouper Epinephelus fuscoguttatus and humpback grouper Cromileptes altivelis; also research on coral trout Plectropomus leopardus and growout of giant trevally Caranx latus.
- Longline grow out methods for Eucheuma cottonii seaweed culture.
- Seed production, intermediate and mass production of live feed.
- Soft shell production of mud crab Scylla serrata, swimming crab Portunus spp.
- Lobster Panulirus spp. grow out in floating net cages.
- Broodstock domestication for abalone Haliotis asinine, trochus Trochus niloticus and production of pearl oyster Pteria penguin and green mussel.
MDC Ambon has an auditorium can accommodate 50 - 100 people, however other supporting training facilities such as the new PCR laboratory and dormitory are currently under development. Hatchery and nursery systems are mixed and used for various species. The following are some of the facilities used for marine finfish activities.
- Indoor and outdoor roofed hatchery systems: 2 units each 6 x 10 cubic meters; 8 x 10 cubic meters.
- Outdoor roofed nursery/grow-out fibreglass tanks: 12 x 6 cubic meters.
- Broodstock tanks: 3 x 300 cubic meters; 3 x 30 cubic meters.
- Floating net cages: 9 units (4x4x4 m).
MDC Ambon has a total of 54 personnel comprising both technical and administrative staff, including three with Master Degree and 22 with bachelor degrees.
MDC Ambon conducts an annual aquaculture seminar for farmers on marine finfish aquaculture. The centre is currently building a new dormitory (for 20 x 30 people) to allow extended training courses to be conducted for farmers.
Mr Arik Ariwibowo, Director
Balai Budidaya Laut Ambon
Jl. Laksda Leo Wattimera, Waiheru, 97232, Ambon
Tel: +62 911 362047; 361616
Fax: +62 911 362047
Email: bbl_ambon 'at' yahoo.com