Mutant red tilapia readied for market debut
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) are working to make red tilapia more marketable despite the current limited supply of quality fingerlings.
The DOST said red tilapia has the potential qualities to satisfy the increasingly selective taste of consumers.
Bigger and more appealing tilapia are being developed to add to their market value, not only in the Philippines but also in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and China.
Red tilapia gets its name from its lack of melanin cells, which makes it incapable of having a grayish black color. It is produced artificially in fish hatcheries.
Growers are producing bigger and faster –growing tilapia by crossing the different breeds among those collected in Laguna, Batangas, Zambales, and Muñoz in Nueva Ecija.
The offspring of those in Zambales and Laguna have shown better growth.