Prof. Emeritus Patrick Encourages Students to Develop Artemia Culture

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Prof. Emeritus Patrick Sorgeloos (in the middle) after the public lecture in FPK UNAIR (Photo: Special)

UNAIR NEWS – Various efforts have been done to improve human resources quality, such as various trainings, student exchange programs and also inviting international experts to share knowledge. Faculty of Fisheries and Marine (FPK) held a public lecture of Professor Emeritus Patrick Sorgeloos from Ghent University of Belgium, Sunday, April 29.

“This public lecture was one of UNAIR efforts towards Top 500 World Class University. We hope that this public lecture can open students’ perspective on aquaculture development in the worlds, also draw students’ interest to try student exchange program,” said M. Nur Ghoyatul Amin, a lecturer of FPK UNAIR who also initiated the public lecture.

The public lecture done in Room 301 FPK UNAIR was attended not only by FPK UNAIR students but also from Marine and Fisheries Polytechnic Sidoarjo. The lecture was entitled The potential of Brine Shrimp Artemia for Natural Food in Aquaculture, presented by  Prof. Sorgeloo. He amazed participants crowded the room. During his lecture, Artemia sp. was elaborated as zooplankton utilized as natural food of a culturing activity.

Artemia sp. is rich for nutrients like protein, carbohydrate, amino acid and fat just like EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid),” he said.

Prof. Sorgeloos also explained that  Artemia sp. production should be held in environment with high salinity positively correlated with salt quantity and quality produced in the same environment. Not only discussing Artemia sp., its morphological and ecological aspects, Prof. Sorgeloos also elaborated the culture system of Artemia sp. until it was ready for purchase, also to know the production growth of Artemia sp. in some parts of the world.

Fantastic Economic Value of Artemis sp.

Prof. Sorgeloos for a few times has said that Madura is potential as Artemia sp. aquaculture sites. Artemia sp. as natural food has fastastic economic value.  Prof. Sorgeloos explained that in one day Artemia sp. produced reach  400 kg biomass Artemia sp. per hectare, total production capacity for per year of biomassa Artemia sp. with and exchange rate $ 700,000.

“In the market, Artemia sp. is not sold in the form of cysts packaged in tins with various price, for imported 100 g Artemia sp. cysts can reach hundreds of thousands rupiah,” he said. (*)

Author : Dwi Astuti
Editor    : Nuri Hermawan

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