Focus of the Month
20 September 2013
Pioneering Pompano Aquaculture in Indonesia

Marine culture technologies continue to develop with the increasing market demand for marine fish commodities. A growing number of marine fish species have economic value and begin to be cultured. One of them is a bawal bintang fish or commonly referred to as pompano.

In Indonesia, PT Suri Tani Pemuka has just pioneered the initiative to develop the culture of this fish. As explained by Marc Wasistha, Deputy Head of Marine Fish of PT Suri Tani Pemuka, pompanowas introduced from Taiwan and is one of the species of fish that has a reasonably good prospect with a high market price.

The domestic market prices of star pomfret ready for consumption range from Rp 100,000 to Rp 150,000 per kg. "The prices in the country are even much higher than the export prices ranging from Rp 40,000 - Rp 60,000 per kg. Because pompanoplayers are very few, of course ample opportunities are wide open," he told TROBOS Aqua.

According to Marc, pompanocan be sold starting from 350 grams to 1.5 kg, depending on consumer demand. "The most demanded are the size of 500 grams, and to get that weight it takes about 8 months, that is, 2 months in the hatchery and 6 months in the enlargement cages, " said Marc.

The fry available are for sale--80 % sold-- due to the inadequate maintenance capacity. Since pompanohas just been known for a short while, it takes a lot of effort and time to introduce it to the public. "Our target is not for export because the prices in domestic markets are much higher, making the fish very potential," Marc concluded.

Read this article completely in TROBOS Aqua magazine, 16th Edition (15 September - 14 Oktober 2013)