BENCHMARKING AND COLLABORATION VISIT TO UMS:
TOWARDS INCOME GENERATION WITH UMT PRODUCTION HATCHERY
From the 2nd till 4th of May 2018, a delegation of 10 lecturers and 8 support staffs from the School of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (PPSPA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), made a benchmarking and discussion visit to the Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) Hatchery, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). The objectives for this visit were to, deepen the relationship and collaboration between these two universities in aquaculture research, and to benchmark the hatchery and aquarium of BMRI, in order to enhance and improve the hatchery management of PPSPA as we prepare for the new production hatchery which is expected to be completed in 2019. Our goal is to improve our hatchery management and operations to achieve UMT's goal of producing fish seedlings for income generation.
The itinerary involved visits to BMRI Hatchery (fish and shrimp sections), and UMS Aquarium and Marine Museum. The BMRI Hatchery functions primarily as a teaching and research facility for UMS aquaculture students. With an area of over 1 hectare, the hatchery is well equipped with many facilities such as the impressive 150-ton recirculating tanks which functions as the spawning tanks for expensive marine species such as groupers, Asian seabass,and
napoleon fish. The UMS Aquarium and Marine Museum was also an eye-opener as it houses a wide variety of marine species and is open to the public. It has three main sections which are the Deep Dive Diorama, Aquarium Showcase, and the Marine Museum.
A joint research meeting with BMRI researchers was also held and yielded positive outcomes in terms of research collaboration, joint publishing, joint postgraduate supervision, and exchange of expertise in academic and support staff. Among the collaborative research, targets to be undertaken is the application for renowned international grant, such as the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).
The management and handling of hatcheries are unique in comparison with the management of other programs. We are now more equipped than ever with the unique strategies needed for successful management of our new production hatchery.