Philippine Travels: The Igang Marine Station (IMS) of SEAFDEC, Guimaras

on our way to seafdec in guimaras

Philippine Travels: The Igang Marine Station (IMS) of SEAFDEC/AQD is located on the southwest portion of Guimaras Island. SEAFDEC/AQD stands for the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department. The Igang Marine Station is composed of four islets and clusters of floating fish cages interconnected by floating foot bridges. IMS maintains hundreds of breeding stock of various commercially important species that provide eggs for research and production runs and was established in 1974.

 

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My lovely asawa and I had the pleasure of visiting this facility last month during Thanksgiving Day week with our good friends, Papa Duck and his special spouse, Anne, featured in the following photograph. It was a calm day but a torrid tropical sun beat down on us. The sunrise above our new property in the Philippines, however, was spectacular, and kicked the day off on a positive note.

Life jackets were provided on the small banca boat we took on our island hopping tour that day, and the tour, at a cost of 600 pesos, almost 13 US Dollars, was graciously paid for by our friends. We threw caution to the wind, however, and did not wear our life jackets (sorry, Todd.)

my asawa,anne and papa duck

The station was originally established  primarily for studies on the breeding of tiger shrimp in pens. New hatchery technologies have now been developed for production of high-value species such as grouper, sea bass, snapper, and pompano to cater to the needs of fish farmers.

My wife was disappointed that no fish were available for sale on that day, however, as she has heard that the quality of the fish available there is very good.the crew at seafdec

To support research and training activities, the station has an office, staff quarters, and fully-furnished guest house for visitors and tourists. The gentleman in the sunglasses in the picture above was our guide for the tour. He was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and answered all of our questions.

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As you can tell by the photo, I have packed on some weight again, while Papa Duck has lost over 10 pounds. And we hadn’t even had our Thanksgiving Day luncheon at that point!marine life at seafdec in guimaras

Loads of fish being studied at the Igang Marine Station such as the ones pictured above.

a look at seafdec in guimaras

My asawa absolutely loved this place and wants to return again in the near future. The tour was extremely interesting and we all enjoyed the banca boat ride over from the Raymen Beach Resortfloating bridge at seafdec, guimaras

After our tour guide finished, we were invited to traverse this floating foot bridge which would take us over to another section of the SEAFDEC facility in Guimaras.

countries that particpate in seafdec

Flags from the various countries that participate in  the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center were on display at this part of the facility.

The IMS location also provides technical assistance and hosts training for fish farmers, technicians, government personnel, and students. Livelihood projects have likewise been successful for fisherfolk from nearby communities.  (Source: seafdec.org)

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I uploaded the following video to YouTube about a month ago. It shows our departure from SEAFDEC back to Raymen Beach where Papa Duck and Anne treated us to a delicious lunch at Raymen’s canteen. We thoroughly enjoyed their Thanksgiving Day visit and hope to see them again soon.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

6 thoughts on “Philippine Travels: The Igang Marine Station (IMS) of SEAFDEC, Guimaras

  1. Dave,
    We had a great time at SEAFDEC too. I know Anne would love to go there again. Getting in and out of the boat there wasn’t too much fun though. Hope You, Melinda and Family have a Wonderful Christmas and a Prosperous and Happy New Year.

    1. Thanks, Papa Duck. I agree, getting out of the boat was a challenge but we plan to return again so Melinda can buy some of that fish. Merry Christmas to Anne and to you and a Happy New Year. Take care.

  2. Hi Dave, looks a great way to spend your day it’s nice that they are happy to show you
    Around the facility, it’s good to see the Philippines places instead of walking around a
    Shopping mall all day, enjoyed the video would love to see the place,
    Have a great Christmas and happy new year to you and your family.

    1. The staff was very accommodating, Derek, and you’re right. It was quite different than walking around a mall all day bumping into people checking their text messages instead of watching where they’re going.

      Thanks, Derek. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours. Take care.

  3. Dave, Great footage of the boat trip..I knew about SEAFDEC already because I’m into farming ect. Its one of Guimaras,s Gems for sure. I hear there is also some Lobster farming there, If I was you Id check it out, would make a great BBQ.- Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Nick in Vancouver.

    1. Thanks, Nick in Vancouver. SEAFDEC was a great place to visit and it’s on the top of our list of places to return to.

      Lobster is available here at times, it’s one of my wife’s favorites. But since her high uric acid levels she has been told by the doctor to stay away from shellfish and beans. I, personally, should stay away from beans, but not for the reasons my asawa has to.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, Nick. Take care.

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