Tilapia Farmers Discover Fish Feed Alternative


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
October 21, 2008

Fish farmers in the Philippines have discovered tilapia prefer natural fish feed over commercial varieties.

According to a regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), phytoplanktons are easier for tilapia to digest than commercially available fish feed. In addition, by delaying the introduction of commercial feeds, farmers can save as much as five bags, or about $72.

BFAR also says that the delay in commercial feed introduction does not adversely affect the overall growth of the fish and actually enhances cost-benefit ratio for budget-conscious tilapia farmers.

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