Agree-Build-Operate-Transfer (ABOT) Aquaculture Business

The ABOT (agree-build-operate-transfer) AquaNegosyo is one of SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department’s programs to disseminate science-based aquaculture technologies. It was conceived in September 2006 to accelerate the promotion and adoption of sustainable tropical aquaculture technologies for food security.

Scientists actively transform their discoveries into operational businesses while enabling AQD to augment its resources for research and development. Together with highly skilled technical staff, they prepare aquaculture business packages and provide technical assistance to aquaculture farmers and investors in the Philippines and abroad.

The ABOT AquaNegosyo showcases complete technology packages that are basic inputs to businesses in hatchery, nursery, and grow out of various economically important aquatic species.

Pre-project, construction and production phases require both AQD and the client to do their share in activities such as site assessment, supervision and training of technicians, monitoring, harvest and post-production aspects.

The program also provides technical advice on specific concerns such as site assessment, culture methods, and fish health. It organizes aquaculture technology forums and presents ABOT AquaNegosyo promotions on-site upon invitation.

Why venture into aquaculture?

1. Consumption, production – Nearly half of food fish today is supplied from aquaculture. People eat more and more fish over the last four decades. Fish is nutritious, rich in micronutrients, minerals, essential fatty acids and protein. Aquaculture needs to grow to keep up with the rising population.

2. Diversity – Aquaculture can be done in lakes, reservoirs, rivers, brackish waters, and marine waters. Both aquatic plants like seaweeds and animals including milkfish, tilapia, shrimp and prawns can be cultured.

3. Market – Aquaculture production of low-value fish for domestic consumption plays a major role in providing food security in developing countries. The culture of high-value fish, shrimp and bivalves is encouraged to meet the demands of the export market, which includes new destinations like Korea, Singapore, Great Britain, Australia, Russian
Federation, Guam, Belgium, Spain, and Canada.

To be an AquaNegosyante, contact

Dr. Ma. Rowena R. Romana-Eguia
OIC, Technology Verification and Demonstration Division (TVDD)
SEAFDEC/AQD, Binangonan, Rizal
Email: [email protected]

Ms. Jocelyn A. Madrones-Ladja
Head, Demonstration and Packaging Section (DPS-TVDD)
SEAFDEC/AQD, Tigbauan, Iloilo
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center

Joebert D. Toledo, D. Agri. Chief
Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines
Telefax (+63-33) 511 9174
Email: [email protected]

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