Bangus 101: They eat less, grow slow in cold December

BANGUS growers should not fret if their fish are not growing as expected during the month of December.

Nestor Domenden, regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said bangus does not eat much during cold weather and advised bangus growers to observe proper timing for feeding to avoid feeds wastage.

Domenden said some bangus growers complain that even if they feed the bangus from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., still the fish’s growth is stunted.

“Wait until the water (in the fishpond) gets hotter, around 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., else their feeds will just go to waste because the bangus will not eat them,” he said.

He said, “They will simply ignore their food or play with it”.

Bangus is fed either three to four times a day, depending on their desired size.

The fish cages in Sual, Anda, Bolinao, the average size of bangus for trading is 500 grams per piece, and it takes six to eight months of culture period, he said.

Bangus growers now have a heyday in selling their fish produce because the BFAR Region 1 had shown them proper pricing of bangus, Domenden said.

In Region 1, bangus growers normally target December to February or during Holy Week for their harvest. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)

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