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Pangasius: New Big Fish in the Market Pond

PHILIPPINES - Pangasius is being touted as the new darling of the aquaculture industry. Many are saying that it tastes like priced salmon and is more profitable than tilapia.

According to a report from GMA news, farmer Cesario Manuel of barangay Sta. Rita in Bayombong says the pangasius was the most profitable venture he has gone into so far after he harvested 1,076 kilograms of the from his three fishponds with a total area of 406 square meters.

The three fishponds all exhibited good growth with a maximized stocking density of 3 pieces per square meter. The ratio is best for a high overall growth rate of 1 kilogram per body weight with some as high as 1.5 kilograms, reports GMA news.

With a taste and texture comparable to the salmon or even the Alaska pollack, pangasius is categorized as a ‘white meat fish’ and is in high demand not just in classy restaurants but in fast food chains as well.

In Nueva Vizcaya, the project is the result of a joint undertaking of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 02 and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.

Provincial agriculturist Felipe Panganiban said pangasius farming can be a very profitable project since the fish has a ready vast market in the Philippines and abroad. It is now acknowledged as the ‘new darling of the aquaculture industry."