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Giant Freshwater Prawn Farming in the Philippines

Giant Freshwater Prawn Farming in the Philippines

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The giant freshwater prawn in the Philippines (Macrobrachium rosenbergii), locally known as ulang in Tagalog and Hiligaynon, is a valuable aquatic product that if properly managed, can provide good profit. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has been introducing this valuable freshwater product to fish farmers, but not many Filipinos are aware of how the ulang is properly managed in captivity. Giant Freshwater Prawn Description Freshwater prawns can be found in many rivers and lakes in the Philippines but because of habitat loss, catching them from the wild is no longer profitable. The prawn can grow up to 30cm (12inch) in length and can weigh up to a kilo. They are predominantly brownish in color but can vary. Smaller individuals may be greenish and display faint ver...