Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management

Mariculture Development Centre (MDC), Batam, Indonesia

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The main role of the centre is to apply breeding and husbandry techniques for marine organisms as well as to conserve marine broodstock/seed resources and the marine environment, in particular:

  • To evaluate, access and supervise the application of standards connected with the breeding and culture of marine organisms.
  • 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 the systems and management for the production and husbandry of broodstock of marine organisms.
  • 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 network 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

The centre has succeeded in breeding of Asian seabass Lates calcarifer, sandbass, mangrove snapper Lutjanus argentimaculatus, tiger grouper Epinephelus fuscoguttatus, humpback grouper Cromileptes altivelis, pompano and golden trevally Gnathodon speciosus. Other species such as estuary grouper E. coioides, duskytail grouper E. bleekeri, and giant grouper E. lanceolatus are new species in development. The centre's activities include:

1. Broodstock Management

  • Selection of good quality broodstock.
  • Maturation and spawning technology.
  • Incubation techniques and egg selection.
  • Production of good quality eggs.

2. Live feed production

  • Phytoplankton incubation on different scales (laboratory, semi-mass and mass scale).
  • Mass scale rotifer production.
  • Hatching and enrichment of Artemia.

3. Larvae rearing

  • Rearing larvae from 1 to 45 days old.
  • Larval rearing water quality management.
  • Larval feeding management.
  • Development of an adaptive larval rearing technology to produce high quality larvae with improved survival rate.

4. Nursery

  • Nursing of 2.5 cm-7.5 cm fingerlings.
  • Water quality management.
  • Feeding management.
  • Development of an adaptive fish seed technology to produce high quality fish seed with improved survival rate.

5. Grow out in floating net cages

  • Economic fish grow out for consumption.
  • Providing economic recruitment of broodstock.
  • Net cage management.
  • Fish transportation techniques and grow out technology.

6. Environmental and fish health laboratory

  • Water quality laboratory services.
  • Water quality management.
  • PCR (virus) and parasitology/bacteriology laboratory services.
  • Surveillance for fish disease outbreaks and movements, disease identification and prevention.


MDC Batam has a lecture room which can house 60-80 people. The centre also has a dormitory which can accommodate 40 people. Production facilities such as live food production tanks, broodstock and spawning tanks, larviculture and nursery tanks and floating cages are available for training purposes. Laboratories facilities including microscope, PCR machinery, etc are also available.

Human resources

MDC Batam has a total of 80 staff including four with post-graduate degrees in coastal resource management, nutrition and environmental studies; and 20 with bachelor degrees.

Training activities

MDC Batam carries out regular 7-10 day training courses on marine finfish hatchery and grow-out operations with funding variously from the central government, JICA and the local Fisheries Department. Most training courses focus on hatchery production.

Contact information

Mr Syamsul Akbar, Director
Jalan Raya Barelang, Jembatan III
Pulau Setokok Kecamatan Bulang
PO Box 60, Sekupang, Batam 29422, Indonesia
Tel: +62-778-7027624
Fax: +62-778-381258

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