Industry Strategic Science and Technology Plans (ISPs) Platform

Milkfish Synbiotic Feeds Program

The project aimed to address the current problems of the Philippine Milkfish Industry such as declining supply of stocks from the wild, high mortality rate, and the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria through developing a novel dietary synbiotic product made from endogenous probiotics and under-utilized plant-based raw materials as prebiotic.

Significant accomplishment of the project was the higher growth and survival milkfish fry fed with synbiotic supplement compared to those fed with commercial feeds alone. The production performance of hatchery-reared milkfish fry fed with the synbiotic-enriched aquafeed under actual field conditions were also evaluated in (2) milkfish hatcheries.

Products produced from the two-year study were the Prototype for powdered dietary synbiotic material and the Liquid form of the novel dietary synbiotic product.