This study assessed the profitability of mariculture operation in seven mariculture areas in the Philippines using data from key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and reports and records review conducted from January to August 2015. Profit levels and profitability indicators varied by mariculture technology, scale, and location. Mariculture production systems were distinguished by the (1) material used for cages/pens (bamboo, galvanized iron [GI] pipes, or high density polyethylene [HDPE]); (2) scale (number and dimensions of grow-out cages/pens); surface shape (circular vs rectangular/square); and (3) structure (fixed or floating). This paper presents a profitability analysis of these various mariculture production systems.
A Typology of Mariculture Production Systems and Their Profitability in Selected Sites in the Philippines
by Alice Joan G. Ferrer, Herminia A. Francisco, Canesio D. Predo, Benedict Mark M. Carmelita, and Jinky C. Hopanda