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Building a Small Lobster Hatchery here in the Philippines

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JamesMusslewhite

Well over the last couple of days the carpenter had been working on the roof joists and setting the poles in side the structure.and is making headway. I still have to design, cut and install rain gutters down each side of the nepa roof to catch the rain water so it can be collected in racks of 55 gallon drums so this resource can be used to water the gardens and the lawns. I will probably start on the gutters in the next couple of days. I want them in before the nepa roofing is put on. These photos show the progression of this part of the project to date.

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We have had some heavy rains over the last few days but despite that whenever there was a break in the rain the project progressed, with luck there will be clear skies for the next few days as I need to put in a couple of temporary raised gardening beds before I start on the guttering.

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These are really popular in aussie as well...called a Morton Bay Bug or Balmain Bug depending on the area you are in .... similar in taste and texture to lobster ...

 

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In the rest of the world, that is called a slipper lobster. I used to catch them in the Caribbean. They are worldwide, and they generally are found deeper than other lobsters, but occasionally come into shallow water.

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As I mentioned before in the last post I have to construct some temporary raised garden beds for plants which are being delivered for the project.

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I will be using the outer cuts of the coconut trees which were cut for the lumber to make the roof joist and beams to use for the construction of the wooden frames for the garden beds. Later these garden beds will be lined with hollow blocks and this wooden frame will simply be removed. Doing this allows us to plant these vegetables now giving me weeks of not a month or two jump on the gardens ahead of scheduled. This will be my own little personal project for tomorrow while the carpenter continues on the roof project.undisturbed. . 

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I had earlier in this thread posted some videos I had uploaded on Facebook. I was asked by theBob if I could have them uploaded onto YouTube so members who do not have a Facebook account can view them. That was an outstanding idea and I am now uploading these videos and will be re-posting them to the thread. These uploads and edits can take sever hours to complete so they will still take an additional day or to to get them finished and uploaded to the thread so please have patience. These are the first four I have now finished which shows the actual progress of the work being done so far over the last 6 weeks.

 

 

This one I had to add a soundtrack to help cover the annoying wind sound caused by the mic volume settings on the cell phone. I am sorry for the audio quality.


 

 

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sugbu777

Great stuff you got going on there, James.

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Being from Cape Breton Island,Canada,when I hear lobster,there is only one image that pops up. Some fine eating there boys,topped of with some Alexander Keith's Indian Pale Ale,by jumpin,you've had a meal.

 

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Sometime we even get a blue one visit the pot ( lobster trap)

 

When I first went to the fish market for our restaurant,I spotted one of those 'rock lobsters' ,clawless, I asked where are the claws? Gathered some strange looks from that one. Awful expensive,I'd personally go for the large prawns that are available here, very tasty when dipped in garlic butter.

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Being from Cape Breton Island,Canada,when I hear lobster,there is only one image that pops up. Some fine eating there boys,topped of with some Alexander Keith's Indian Pale Ale,by jumpin,you've had a meal.

 

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Sometime we even get a blue one visit the pot ( lobster trap)

 

When I first went to the fish market for our restaurant,I spotted one of those 'rock lobsters' ,clawless, I asked where are the claws? Gathered some strange looks from that one. Awful expensive,I'd personally go for the large prawns that are available here, very tasty when dipped in garlic butter.

The buyers from China and Japan is the main reason for the high demand which really drives the prices through the roof. Right now the prices offered to the growers by the lobster buyers here in Surigao is 2,200php-2,400php per kilo. Those buyers then sell them to the wholesalers/exporters who of course have families to feed so the prices go even higher. I have almost a dozen wholesalers/exporters who have contacted me over the last three year who are contracted to buy lobsters literally by the kilo tons monthly. It is a huge industry which will only be getting larger.

 

In the wet markets prawns are going for 200php-300php (small), 400php-500php (mediums) and 700php-800php (large) per kilo. Shrimp are 280php-500php per kilo depending of course on their size and availability and quality varieties of crabs average 280php per kilo. I am planning to be raising my own lobsters, shrimp, prawns and crabs, and what I can't eat I will sell... I guess the trick is to raise far more than my wife and I can eat, a lot more... :biggrin_01:

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Great stuff you got going on there, James.

 

It enough to keep my lazy fat-ass busy for a while. The real pleasure is when the sun starts to set and my wife and walk out of the gates and we sit in one of the little bungalows and drink coffee or tea and just enjoy the sheer peace and quite of the place.  :biggrin_01:

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This video I took this morning and show the progress to date. I'm satisfied of the pace especially with the rains we have had over the last two weeks.

 

These next four videos I took in 2013. About two weeks before traveled to Maldives for three weeks to both design a mariculture project and consult on a possible floriculture facility. Before I traveled to Maldives their Speaker of Parliament traveled here to the Philippines. We met in Manila and he an associate and I flew down to Davao so they could see a working floating platform and then to travel further down the coast to tour small shrimp hatchery. These four short videos were taken on that Davao trip.

 

 

 

 

I may still have some more video from that trip which I was not able to load on Facebook because of their video size restrictions for video uploads. I will have to go through my old external harddrives and if so I may later add them to this thread.

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The roof construction in the facility is coming along nicely and is now at the stage where I am ready to start making the gutters which will run down both sides of the nepa roof. The gutter layout will be a four gutter system. Each gutter will handle 1/4 of the nepa roof. Each gutter will have two down spouts. These two downspouts will connect to a drain pipe, and these four drain pipes will channel water to three locations. These three locations will have a rack of 55 gallon plastic barrels (connected in series) which will be used to water the gardens and lawns.

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I have to rush to get the guttering completed before the nepa roofing material arrives. This is to allow me to have the frame open so I can properly measure cut, and secure the gutters. Once the napa roofing is applied not only would it make designing, fabricating and installing the four sections of gutter harder but it will far more difficult trimming the ends of the first row of nepa. If trimmed properly the water runoff will channel into the gutters as intended and without unnecessary debris causing disruptions or leaks along the edges of the gutters. This facility will be using quite a few concrete recessed floor sums where the discharge saltwater from the various equipment collects to be then pumped into the three filtration storage tanks. It would be catastrophic to have freshwater flood into these sumps contaminating the recirculating saltwater. Water becoming suddenly brackish would quickly change the water salinity and pH levels as well as a water temperature swing. If this water then was introduced into the larvae pots it could cause shock and loss of possibly a whole crop within merely a few hours.This is why proper drainage is paramount and the guttering must be able to handle even the heaviest rain downfalls and quickly get the runoff out of the structure and into the rain barrel racks.         

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Have two projects that go sort of hand to hand. I am constructing the first raised garden bed, when I am done there will be quite a few such beds incorporated into the final landscape I am designing here. These are three rough sketches I drew a few years back for my son's High school. The ones I will building here will be lower than those that I drew in these designs. They will be constructed out of hollow block and I will be employing 'square foot/ square meter' gardening techniques for vegetables, herbs and flowers.

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The beds I am building here are temporary as I still have so many other projects needing to be finished before I will be able to work on the final landscape. This is so I can get crops in the ground now and established good working soils. We are bringing in around 100 chicks and I hope to also

be raising some rabbits, so building the raised beds now will allow me to make good use of the manures and future compost piles. What I am using is something that is usually simply discarded when cutting coconut trees for lumber. This the outer rough-cuts made by the chainsaw man when blocking the timber so they can cut board thicknesses. These make great sides for making raised beds often lasting a year or more which is perfect in this case as I will later remove the wooden sides and replace the wood with hollow block sides. Still this a really cheap alternative for those on a tight budget and want to build raised garden beds.

 

This bed is on a slope and will be filled with dead coral and shell which is plentiful on this island, and then the coral/shell fill will be topped with rich clay and top soils. This project took me less than two days  to complete. First I staged all my materials and cut my stakes and with a machete cut a point on each stake so they could be driven into the ground. The coconut tree rough cuts are then laid with the cut side against the side of the wooden stakes and nailed.

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Now as this garden bed is on sloping land I need to add a heavy layer of fill. This is a lot easier if one waits to add the ends until the wheelbarrows of fill are pushed and dumped in place. Once done the end on the slope side of the bed can be cut and nailed in place.

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This is an old landscapers trick. It is much easier when one can still access the bed from both ends with the wheelbarrow. This is because if you get impatient and nail the ends too soon then you must dump over the wooden sides which can scar, damage or even loosen the bed frame. So once the fill is laid down as desired then simply nail the end pieces and use a rake to level out the grade.

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Now if while you are leveling the grade of the fill and you see that you still need some additional fill, then it is still very easy to just roll in however many wheelbarrow loads are needed. When the fill level is done then you are ready to add a clay soil layer and then a decent topsoil layer. Doing it this way will make your work much easier than if you nailed the ends first before adding fill and soils.

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Now I am ready for the soils.

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Now I mentioned that this was a two part project. My business partner as well as my wife and I love orchids and we had quite a few that were delivered that needed propagation, root and tip trimming and then mounting. While I was building the garden bed my wife was working on the orchids.

 

She picked a nice place in the shade, toned the radio to her favorite station and started work on the orchids.

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This an old landscapers trick. It is much easier when one can sill access the bed from both ends with the wheelbarrow. This is because if you are impatient and nail the ends then you must dump over the sides which can scar, damage or loosen the bed frame. So once the fill is laid down nail the end ate grade out the fill level.

 

 

Now if while you are leveling the grade of fill and you see that you still some additional fill, then it is still very easy to just roll in however many wheelbarrow loads are needed. When the fill level is done then you are ready to add clay soil layer and then a decent topsoil layer. Doing it this way will make your work much easier than if you nailed the side first before adding fill and soils.

 

 

 

Now I am ready for the soils.

Interesting idea's, I also raised my 

 

 

 

This an old landscapers trick. It is much easier when one can sill access the bed from both ends with the wheelbarrow. This is because if you are impatient and nail the ends then you must dump over the sides which can scar, damage or loosen the bed frame. So once the fill is laid down nail the end ate grade out the fill level.

 

 

Now if while you are leveling the grade of fill and you see that you still some additional fill, then it is still very easy to just roll in however many wheelbarrow loads are needed. When the fill level is done then you are ready to add clay soil layer and then a decent topsoil layer. Doing it this way will make your work much easier than if you nailed the side first before adding fill and soils.

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Now I am ready for the soils.

Interesting, I raised ours with medium boulders and several concrete blocks that were left in our yard, neighbors concrete wall fell over in the last flood, left one side open so we could fill it with dirt, but I need to build another one next to it.

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As she was nearing the end of her task I was emptying the last bags of soil she was almost done with the mountings.

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Now it is time to finally put the two projects together.

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And now tomorrow I start the next project which is the rain gutters for the facility as it must be done before the nepa roofing sheets can be installed on top of the roof frame. I am suppose to get a delivery of more bagged soil tomorrow and My wife will be working on more orchids. These to will be added to the raised bed in three rows. If the soil comes as scheduled then in the next couple of days the vegetables will be planted in the bed. Once I am finished with the installation of the gutters I will be adding one more raised garden bed. Once the nepa roof is finally finished inside the facility then we can finally start pouring the concrete forms for the saltwater tanks. Even as we speak the first 700 hollow blocks are being made in the city and will be delivered here to the island when we are ready to start construction on the tanks.  

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