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New Grouper catches Chief Minister’s attention

Shafie (2nd left) and Tan (far left) during his visit to the launching ceremony of the new grouper hybrid at the Sabah Legislative Assembly, yesterday.

18th April, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: Local entrepreneurs from Bayu Aquaculture unveiled their new ‘Echo’ grouper with improved growth rates, disease resistance and palatable.

In expressing his admiration at the new development, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal described the initiative as an important achievement which would propel the advancement of Sabah’s fisheries sector.

“This is the way forward; successful breakthroughs in cloning of the Echo Grouper with superior qualities that makes it viable for domestic and export markets overseas,” he told reporters during the launching of the new grouper hybrid at the sidelines of the Sabah Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Shafie highlighted such innovative ventures need to be encouraged to improve supply of productive hybrid variants of fish fry for local fish farmers

“The breakthrough in cloning of the new hybrid Echo grouper took 3-5 years by the Tuaran based company, which also possessed the capabilities to produce other commercially valuable fish fry in the same area,” said Shafie.

Meanwhile, Bayu Aquaculture group director Jeremy Tan said the company’s fishery hatchery has the capacity to produce 30,000 fingerlings of fish fry monthly, and maintains quality fish broods from a selection of high value species.

“Success in our newly developed backcross ‘Echo’ grouper is the result of hybridisation between the female hybrid grouper (TGGG) and male giant grouper (GG),”he said.

According to Tan, there is much optimism that this backcross would eventually be an ideal candidate for mass culture due to its similarity to the Giant Grouper which is fast-growing, excellent flesh and disease resistance.

“The new backcross is produced as a potential for consumption to meet the growing demand for fish and improve productivity from the aquaculture sector,” said Edbert Chong, Bayu Aquaculture operations manager.

He noted the ‘Echo’ grouper is an upgraded hybrid of the ‘Sabah Kertang’ hybrid grouper which was developed by Prof Shigeharu Senoo from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

Adding further, Edbert noted the fish hatchery also produces fish fry of other valuable species which include seabass, golden snapper, brown-marbled grouper, orange spotted grouper, rabbitfish and Sabah Kertang hybrids.

Bayu Aquaculture Sdn Bhd is a voluntary participant under the Aquaculture Residue Monitoring Programme (ARMP)by the Department of Fisheries who would collect samples from the farm once every six months, proof of the hatchery’s compliance to good aquaculture standards.

G2: Hybrid Echo Grouper developed by Bayu Aquaculture Sdn Bhd

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