The round scad (known in the Philippines as galunggong or tamudyos) broodstock, which were collected on 10 May, were immediately transported by sea and land to experimental facilities at SEAFDEC/AQD’s Tigbauan Main Station. The following night, collected broodstock were acclimated in temporary net cages mounted on an outrigger boat, before making the 2-hour trip to Tigbauan the following day.
SEAFDEC/AQD successfully spawned the round scad in 2021 and grew limited numbers to early-fingerling size in 2022. Ongoing broodstock collection aims to scale up experiments and achieve commercially-viable numbers of fingerlings for grow-out.
The team partnered with a local fishing company after receiving approval to operate a purse seine from Hamtic Mayor Julius Pacificador.