This article is translated from: https://www.ous.ac.jp/topics/detail.php?id=4017&cat=6

Mayor Ronald Allan G . Cesante of Dalaguete, Cebu, Philippines, who is considering introducing land-based aquaculture using third water, and others visited Okayama University of Science on November 13, paid a courtesy call to President Hiroyuki Hirano, visited the Center for Bioproduction Education and Research, and were briefed by Associate Professor Toshimasa Yamamoto of the Faculty of Engineering about land-based aquaculture. They also visited the Bioproduction Education and Research Center and received an explanation of inshore aquaculture from Associate Professor Toshimasa Yamamoto of the Faculty of Engineering.

The group of 10 people included Mayor and Mrs. Cesante and Cebu Provincial Specialist for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Roldan H. Saragena. Local officials who saw the news of onshore aquaculture using third water on an international broadcast have paid attention to the center and have visited several times, but this is the first time the mayor has visited the center.

On the day of the visit, Mayor Cesante paid a courtesy call to President Hirano, who explained that he was considering introducing land-based aquaculture in the area and asked for cooperation, including the dispatch of personnel, in the commercialization of the project. In response, President Hirano expressed his willingness to cooperate.

The group then visited the Bioproduction Education and Research Center, which has a 35-ton aquarium and observed sockeye salmon, the world’s first commercialized aquaculture project, and two eels swimming around energetically. When Associate Professor Yamamoto said, “The water here has not been changed for more than one year,” the group was impressed. The group asked questions such as, “How much is the initial investment? What is the material of the tank? How many times a day do you feed the fish? Who is the contact point at the university to promote the project? Mayor Cesante asked a series of in-depth questions such as, “How much is the initial investment?

After the visit, Mayor Cesante said, “I was surprised to see a land-based aquaculture facility in the mountains. We are from a similar area, so this will be a good reference for us. He expressed his strong hope that what he learned today can be utilized to create a land-based aquaculture facility in Cebu Island to promote the industry.”

With Mayor Cesante are: Mr. Jose Almagro Canton, Engr. Expedizitas Lenares, Engr. Jireh Burda, Dr. Roger Saragena, Head, Provincial Agriculture Office