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  1. Yes I know, which is why I am both fortunate and blessed to have such people around me. Unfortunately competent and trusted expats are not exactly a dime-a-dozen here in the Philippines either. Dogs generally do not bite a hand which feeds, which is the fundamental difference between dogs and men. I am both fortunate and blesses to have found the good people I have around me. It certainly helps having their years of accumulative practical 'hands-on experience' in the trade to combine with my own. but foremost I have a powerful honest, trustworthy, reverent, and dedicated wife standing by my side helping to keep me honest. .
  2. For the lobster growers involved in the lobster 'grow-out' aquacultural industry it is a boom business showing a 5% annual growth and net profits averaging 84%. Now as to Philippine annual local sales figures of lobster by fish markets or restaurants I really do not know that answer. Most lobster farmers like myself raise stock solely for foreign export, and sell our product to buyer/exporters, so we are not targeting the local market. If one is willing to dedicate efforts and resources to properly setup and operate a lobster aquacultural 'grow-out' operation, they can expect to generate solid returns. Now how much return solely depends on the location in relationship to both the supply of seedstock (fingerlings) and the lobster buyers as well as the volume of seedstock one desires to raise within their own 'grow-out' nets. And the industry has many facets within the trade which offers lucrative venture opportunities, if one was so inclined and located where they could setup such an operation. I had once thought of building a large floating platform which housed as many as a dozen 'grow-out' nets. I had envisioned expats interested in raising crops but were not in locations or situated (personal and supply-line)s could lease (three crops) to successfully raise lobsters. An expat would basically lease net enclosure(s) and when the stock reached market weight would split the net profits. This (net profit split) payment at the (point of sell) agreement is common practice within the industry. The investor is to supply facility, food for lobster and 1-sack of rice monthly for the worker. The worker provides his labor for the care and feeding of stock, general maintenance and care of the net, ensure proper husbandry practices and protocols within the enclosure is maintained. I certainly have the ability and skill-set to fabricate the platform and nets, secure the needed seedlings, oversee adequate labor and day-to-day operations. I know the proper food types and have the ability to secure them, as well as the proper feeding times and ratios. I know the proper husbandry protocols and how to implement them. It is the unknown variable that I can not trust, which is the honesty and commitment to follow through of expats that would be involved. A dozen expats cooped together could work well together and with myself, but then again they could also be a nightmare to deal with on a long-term business venture. I would need to trust one voice speaks all and that authority insure the collective commitments are carried out on a timely manner, this is so I can devote my time and energy insuring the well-being of the stock. That part scares me and is why I am so reserved to engage in such a venture. They would need to be a factual entrepreneurs and not merely a gaggle of broke-dick opportunists. Ones with the business sense and financial backing who could finance the day-to-day commitments of such an aquaculture facility. This is because seedstock takes 8-12 months to reach market weight, and foods must be provided daily without excuse. What is not needed are piety excuses of why they do not have the needed or baseless (the-check-is-in-the-mail) runarounds. I simply need such unnecessary and unexpected financial burdens forced on my own household. I simply have to time being burdened by wankers, 'get-rich-quick' dreamers or scammers. I am a businessman and I do not have need for such foolishness. I can simply be patient and raise a couple of broods and then invest these profits into the same floating platform I envisioned, fully stock all the nets myself and avoid potential hassles. I simply have better things to do than chase down commitments made by those who were dishonest or unprepared to fulfill their obligations. But it was still a great investment idea if one were to find the right 10-12 expats wanting such investment opportunities. A covered floating platform is less costly than investment in a lobster huts, multiple growers would be in effect be a 'private coop', helping to purchase foods in bulk (reducing costs). A platform of 12 'grow-out' nets only required three workers and one night security vs those needed for 12 individual lobster huts and the additional labor costs associated. Not many startup ventures require so little investment and can turnkey in only 8-12 months while yielding 84% to 120% (net) profits. One though still requires locating an adequate suitable location and competent trusted personal to make correct and timely decisions. Get all that in place, and there is a real potentially, that literally millions of pesos will be made on that floating platform.
  3. I also have three different threads that relate to different distinct subjects on lobster aquaculture. One is about a prototype lobster hatchery to be used to raise lobster from egg to Algal-juvenile, which will be sold to lobster growers. The second is how to make different type traps to use for live-catch early stage seedstock, to either sell to lobster growers or for one's own 'grow-out' nets. The third thread discussed the first floating bamboo 'grow-out' net platform I built at this facility which I am primarily using for personal research to closely study every aspect of lobster 'grow-out' aquaculture from a Clear-puerulus to 500gram Sub-adult, 1,000gram Adult and 1,500 gram Mature Adult. To my knowledge no such information is actually available on the internet. Each thread is different covering different aspects of the same industry. I have them separate for a simple reason, this is to keep the information topic specific and uncluttered and easy to follow. Spent years collecting the information and finalizing the outline and final script and once I learned the needed software I was able to start on the voiceover and art work last year. I pulled it all together and finished the first video (hour thirty 90 minutes) on New Years Eve, and posted the video on January 1of this year. I chose to post a link to each of the threads because the video contained relevant information relating to each of those forum threads. That perhaps anyone interested to one of those specific treads would have the opportunity to view the video rather than merely a 1-in-three chance of ever having the choice to view the video. You only see them in succession because they are grouped together on top of the board now, but threads quickly lower and drop off the board. In a day or two the threads will only be seen by locking through the forum topics are through searches. Perhaps a member is only attracted by one of the threads and the video link is not posted on that thread? Then they are not given the chance to see and view the video? That is not particularly fair to members. It is sort of a catch-22 situation. I only saw the solution to being to post a link on each thread, where others obviously others may believe differently. This is why I posted this new second video also on all three threads. And I will more than likely do the same later this year once I finish the 3rd and final video series, This is so later when newer readers are followers of the threads, then they to will have the three videos properly linked. Now if an admin or mod desired to modify my threads and remove the video links, (like last time) that is up to them. But I also have more than just one ongoing video series being posted on the threads. Example is the 'Life in the Nets' which has a similar video cover art, but the titles are clearly different. Hope that explains my redundant posts.
  4. Well I finally finished the second video of the 3-part Youtube video series ‘Tropical Spiny Rock Lobster 101 - species Panulirus 'ornatus' - Video (2of3)’ which I started work on New Year’s day. It is almost an hour and forty-five minutes long so it is about twenty minutes longer than the first video of this series. The issue was a lack of posted photos on the internet which related on the subjects discussed, which required my digging through my own personal archive of photos and quite a bit of artwork needing to be created. But I am satisfied with the end results and it feels good to have this second video of the series finally uploaded. I have a few smaller video projects that I have had on hold, one is a couple of videos of the lobsters in the grow-out nets which follows what was done through a local disease outbreak; and the other project is a collaboration with a local Filipino lobster buyer/shipper/transporter who’s skills and technique is extremely successful, and we will video and discuss all the steps needed to properly prepare and ship lobster at distances in excess of 10 hours. Rio has shipped lobster as far as the Middle East with successes of 100% survival rates of delivered stock. He has decades if practice hands-on experiences in lobster aquaculture and is a walking ‘treasure trove’ of knowledge which he wants to share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Im52lkdwo
  5. Well I finally finished the second video of the 3-part Youtube video series ‘Tropical Spiny Rock Lobster 101 - species Panulirus 'ornatus' - Video (2of3)’ which I started work on New Year’s day. It is almost an hour and forty-five minutes long so it is about twenty minutes longer than the first video of this series. The issue was a lack of posted photos on the internet which related on the subjects discussed, which required my digging through my own personal archive of photos and quite a bit of artwork needing to be created. But I am satisfied with the end results and it feels good to have this second video of the series finally uploaded. I have a few smaller video projects that I have had on hold, one is a couple of videos of the lobsters in the grow-out nets which follows what was done through a local disease outbreak; and the other project is a collaboration with a local Filipino lobster buyer/shipper/transporter who’s skills and technique is extremely successful, and we will video and discuss all the steps needed to properly prepare and ship lobster at distances in excess of 10 hours. Rio has shipped lobster as far as the Middle East with successes of 100% survival rates of delivered stock. He has decades if practice hands-on experiences in lobster aquaculture and is a walking ‘treasure trove’ of knowledge which he wants to share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Im52lkdwo
  6. Well I finally finished the second video of the 3-part Youtube video series ‘Tropical Spiny Rock Lobster 101 - species Panulirus 'ornatus' - Video (2of3)’ which I started work on New Year’s day. It is almost an hour and forty-five minutes long so it is about twenty minutes longer than the first video of this series. The issue was a lack of posted photos on the internet which related on the subjects discussed, which required my digging through my own personal archive of photos and quite a bit of artwork needing to be created. But I am satisfied with the end results and it feels good to have this second video of the series finally uploaded. I have a few smaller video projects that I have had on hold, one is a couple of videos of the lobsters in the grow-out nets which follows what was done through a local disease outbreak; and the other project is a collaboration with a local Filipino lobster buyer/shipper/transporter who’s skills and technique is extremely successful, and we will video and discuss all the steps needed to properly prepare and ship lobster at distances in excess of 10 hours. Rio has shipped lobster as far as the Middle East with successes of 100% survival rates of delivered stock. He has decades if practice hands-on experiences in lobster aquaculture and is a walking ‘treasure trove’ of knowledge which he wants to share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Im52lkdwo
  7. Well I finally finished the second video of the 3-part Youtube video series ‘Tropical Spiny Rock Lobster 101 - species Panulirus 'ornatus' - Video (2of3)’ which I started work on New Year’s day. It is almost an hour and forty-five minutes long so it is about twenty minutes longer than the first video of this series. The issue was a lack of posted photos on the internet which related on the subjects discussed, which required my digging through my own personal archive of photos and quite a bit of artwork needing to be created. But I am satisfied with the end results and it feels good to have this second video of the series finally uploaded. I have a few smaller video projects that I have had on hold, one is a couple of videos of the lobsters in the grow-out nets which follows what was done through a local disease outbreak; and the other project is a collaboration with a local Filipino lobster buyer/shipper/transporter who’s skills and technique is extremely successful, and we will video and discuss all the steps needed to properly prepare and ship lobster at distances in excess of 10 hours. Rio has shipped lobster as far as the Middle East with successes of 100% survival rates of delivered stock. He has decades if practice hands-on experiences in lobster aquaculture and is a walking ‘treasure trove’ of knowledge which he wants to share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Im52lkdwo
  8. Well I finally finished the second video of the 3-part Youtube video series ‘Tropical Spiny Rock Lobster 101 - species Panulirus 'ornatus' - Video (2of3)’ which I started work on New Year’s day. It is almost an hour and forty-five minutes long so it is about twenty minutes longer than the first video of this series. The issue was a lack of posted photos on the internet which related on the subjects discussed, which required my digging through my own personal archive of photos and quite a bit of artwork needing to be created. But I am satisfied with the end results and it feels good to have this second video of the series finally uploaded. I have a few smaller video projects that I have had on hold, one is a couple of videos of the lobsters in the grow-out nets which follows what was done through a local disease outbreak; and the other project is a collaboration with a local Filipino lobster buyer/shipper/transporter who’s skills and technique is extremely successful, and we will video and discuss all the steps needed to properly prepare and ship lobster at distances in excess of 10 hours. Rio has shipped lobster as far as the Middle East with successes of 100% survival rates of delivered stock. He has decades if practice hands-on experiences in lobster aquaculture and is a walking ‘treasure trove’ of knowledge which he wants to share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Im52lkdwo
  9. Three years organizing facts and information, writing and revising script, creating drawings and diagrams, seeking and collecting photos, learning software and doing voiceovers; then 845 slides and an hour and 27 minutes flapping my later, and the first video of this 3-Part lobster tutorial is finally in the can and ready to view. Now I start on video two. Subscribe so you will be informed when the next video of this series is completed and uploaded, and share with others. Also may I give a warm Happy New Years from this little island paradise on the edge of a Surigao mangrove in the land of ''the Never-ending Summer''. Ahh it is a rough life, but someone has to endure it.
  10. For those who like watching videos of lobsters in a net as much as I like making them, then this new one is for you. This one is 'number 5' in an ongoing series, and I will try (providing the weather, electric company and internet all cooperate) add a new video every two weeks. I should finally finish and upload the first video of the 3-part Lobster 101 series in the next few weeks. This 3-part series has been a three year project requiring the collection and editing of over 800 slides, diagrams, drawings and photos. I also have had to learn the VirtualDub, ProShow, Open-Shot, Audacity and Ocenaudio programs to learn which worked best and could work together. The information for this project required the outlining of what became an 84 page voice-over script. I must apologize in advance for the voice-over work is primitive at best. All recorded using my Android cellphone, mostly while sitting outside in one of the bungalows or porch, always late night/early morning when most quite. Even then it still required constant stoppages due to passing fishing boats, barking dogs and karaoke squawking. The '101' 3-part video series covers the bulk of information I accumulated over the last nine years of personal research, pertaining to lobster aquaculture and the lobster aquaculture industry. I am safe in saying that it is extremely doubtful that you can find a collective wealth of useful information together in one source anywhere else on the internet. I know as it took me nine years and thousands of hours to collect what I am openly sharing to the viewers. So when the first video is released in the next few weeks, please excuse amateurish voice work. I am after all on a little 8 hector island on the edge of a deep-water mangrove, so it is the best this old Texas boy can provide. I will probably bore you all to sleep or to tears with my South Texas monotone voice, but the quality of the information, artwork and photos collected in this presentations should still make these three videos (when completed) a good watch.
  11. Thank you, and here is some additional information some may find useful. There is a buyer's industry here in the Philippines. There are a couple of local buyers who regularly travel to this small island and setup their scales and wait for the lobster farmers to bring their product to be weighed and sold. There are two buyer's prices: 500+ gram weight - Sub-adult size individuals @ 3,000php (per kilogram) 1,000+ gram weight - Adult size individuals @ 4,000php (per kilogram) Current approximate cost of Pueruli size individuals (fingerlings) -------- 200php - 350php (per individual) Current approximate cost of Algal-juvenile individuals (fingerlings) ----- 350php - 550php (per individual) Growth Weight Times: Individual Size to Market Weights Puerulus: to 500 gram ------------- (under) 10-12 months to 1,000 gram ---------- (under) 14-16 months Algal-juvenile: to 500 gram ------------- (under) 8-10 months to 1,000 gram ---------- (under) 12-14 months (With proper diet nutrition and feeding ratios)
  12. I had another 100 individuals delivered to the 'grow-out' net early yesterday morning, so I shot a short Youtube video showing the early stage Algal-juveniles being introduced to the net enclosure (lobster rain). This now brings the total number of individuals in the enclosure to 280 (algal-juveniles).
  13. This photo shows the complete frame with all the bracing. Moving the platform to the waters edge. As you can see the frame is light weight and very easy for two people to carry. The unit was set in the water and it was sufficiently buoyant and stable We still need to fabricate lightweight holding racks in the topsides of the outriggers. There will be four floating traps (two on each side) and transported to and from the locations were they will be deployed.
  14. The frame base needs length sections which will allow the plastic 5gal.''Jerry' cans to be sufficiently lashed to be bottom of the framework. This unit actually sits on 6 plastic cans (3 on the edge). Two shown in this photo are just being used while all the lashing are being completed. Photo of the lashings used.
  15. It took me a couple of months to find the species of bamboo I wanted to use to make the first four frames. This is a thick-walled dwarf bamboo species which will allow me to build a frame at a 3/4 scale. This will show a step by step walk-through of the construction of the frame of a Floating 'Light' Trap to be used to 'live-capture' lobster Pueruli. First cut the required bamboo lengths. Lay out the the first four lengths to form a square and lash together the corners. This photo shows the lashings. Then the five remaining bamboo lengths which will form the frame base are then placed and lashed together.
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