Fish farm registration guideline…

So that eligible fish farms may seek registration with National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA), an informal guideline has been produced which may be downloaded at the link below. The end goal of registering fish farm is a dynamic and progressive Fish Farming Value Chain (FFVC) in the kingdom. Livestock officials may use the guideline to understand, among other, the (i) requirements for registration, (ii) procedure to seek registration and (iii) obligations of a registered fish farm.

The existing eligible fish farms have already been registered and the registration numbers communicated to the appropriate authorities. Therefore, the guideline may be used to facilitate the registration of any new aspiring farms. Please write to us at for more information/ clarifications/ assistance.

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Aquaculture events’ calendar 2013-2014…

National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA) intends to organize a couple of important events in the financial year 2013 – 2014. The expected participants are the registered aquaculturists and livestock officials serving in the Dzongkhags and at the Regional Livestock Development Centres (RLDC’s). The planned events have the following objectives:

  1. Confer Certificate of Registration (CoR) to the registered aquaculturists;
  2. Sensitize the registered aquaculturists regarding the opportunity to earn significant income from semi-commercial/ commercial scale aquaculture;
  3. Sensitize the registered aquaculturists regarding the support available to them should they choose to undertake aquaculture on a semi-commercial/ commercial scale;
  4. Identify the newly arisen and/ or persistent challenges that aquaculture industry in Bhutan is facing and devise suitable strategies to overcome them;
  5. Concretize Bhutan’s Aquaculture Value Chain Network;

The tentative calendar of planned events may be downloaded at the link below.

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A layman’s guide to fingerling acquisition and transportation…

It is that time of the year now when farmers and Dzongkhag Extension Officers from faraway Dzongkhags visit National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA) and Regional Centre for Aquaculture (RCA) to collect fingerling for stocking into empty ponds back home. Transporting fingerlings over distances of 200 to 300 km is no trifle thing; anything can happen en-route, including the fingerlings succumbing to transit stress. When you are moving with a consignment of extremely sensitive very young fish, it is like walking on a hot tin roof: everything has to be done in a hurry, lest you want your feet burned. And still, at the end of the journey when you check on your fingerlings, if you find yourself smiling, you are more than averagely lucky.

Now, there are things that you could do, and not do too, to minimize the trouble associated with acquiring and transporting fingerlings from a faraway hatchery. The NCA has put together a list of DOs and DON’Ts that you may want to observe if you are desirous of acquiring and transporting fingerlings from a hatchery that is some 200 to 300 km far from your home. You may download the list-guide at the link below:

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Regional Centre for Aquaculture commences supply of fingerlings…

Regional Centre for Aquaculture (RCA) in Phuentshothang under Samdrupjongkhar has started to supply fingerlings of Common carp to the fish culturists in the eastern Dzongkhags of the kingdom. Having commenced supply on April 20, 2013, the centre has till date supplied 23157 fingerlings to the farmers in Samdrupjongkhar and 3105 fingerlings to the farmers in Nganglam Dungkhag under Pemagatshel Dzongkhag. This is the first time ever that the RCA, with support from the NCA, has produced, reared and distributed for culture fingerlings of Common carp. The centre is still in the process of being established. Despite not having a functional hatchery, the RCA successfully bred Common carp in February, 2013.

The RCA will supply another 25920 fingerlings of Common carp to the farmers of Jomotshangkha Dungkhag under Samdrupjongkhar on May 14, 2013.

It is estimated that the RCA will be able to build a fully functional hatchery by the end of 2013 and start breeding Grass carp by May, 2014.

Article and photo submitted by: Karma Gyeltshen, Manager, RCA, Phuentshothang.

Transport of hatchlings and fingerlings to the RCA…

63,000 fingerlings of Common carp and 60,000 10-days old hatchlings of Grass carp were successfully transported from National Centre for Aquaculture (NCA) in Gelephu to Regional Centre for Aquaculture (RCA) in Phuentshuthang under Samdrupjongkhar on May 1, 2013. The fish seed were contained in plastic bags and transported in the NCA’s deep freezer van at 5 Degree Celcius. At the RCA, the Common carp fingerlings are being reared for supplying to the RCA’s client Dzongkhags. The Grass carp hatchlings on the other hand are being reared to fry with the objective of establishing the hatchling-to-fry rearing mortality in the RCA’s newly excavated ponds.

Also, 51,000 Common carp fingerlings were transported from the NCA to the RCA on May 4, 2013.

Activities such as the above are small but significant steps being taken toward improving farmers’ access to aquaculture inputs and services in the kingdom.