Short training course on short-necked clam P. undulate With support from the TUNASIA project (EU and Erasmus plus)
The center of excellence for aquaculture at Nha Trang University (NTU) organized a short training course on short-necked clam P. undulate aquaculture for small-scale farmers in Kien Giang province, Vietnam from July 31st to 1st August, 2020. The course provided the farmers knowledge and practical works on broodstock preparation, induced spawning and larvae rearing. After the course, the farmers can apply techniques into their own hatcheries for improving life livelihood.
Asia is the main producer of marine and coastal molluscs worldwide with an aquaculture production of 15.55 million tonnes, which is over 92% of the world’s production in 2016 (FAO, 2018). One mollusc species, Paphia undulata, has become a popular food in most Asian countries, and its cultivation has been grown in popularity due to the depletion of its natural population and high economic value.
The short-necked clam P. undulata is a commercially important bivalve species with smooth and glossy, oval-shaped shells. They thrive in muddy (70%), sand or silt (30%) bottoms, with environmental conditions at a salinity of 30 to 35 ppt, dissolved oxygen greater than 4 milligrams per litre, and a pH range of 7.5 to 8.2.