Bangus - What is It?

Hello there sea creatures. By now, you probably have an idea that we are new entrants to the business of Bangus farming and fish cages. It is high time to focus and know a little what exactly is Bangus. 

Basic Bangus Info
Bangus is internationally known as Milk fish. Its scientific name is; Chanos chanos. It is a silvery colored fish and widely popular as an edible (hmmm kinda obvious don't you think?) fish. It has a distinction of being bony than the usual edible fishes out there. They could grow as long as 6 feet, though we haven't seen one yet.

Where Can They Be Found
Their species are vastly found in the Indian Ocean and across the Pacific Ocean. As part of their normal life cycle (that is if they are not in fish cages), they are found in bunches around coasts especially in places with coral reefs. They then migrate to fresh waters and then return to salt water to reproduce.

Bangus in the Philippines
In the Philippines, It is the most important species cultured. In fact, the country is the top bangus producer in the world. It is a leading exporter to countries such as but not limited to USA, Canada, and Japan. As a result of steady supply of bangus in the market, there are now processing plants for bangus value-added products. The foreign exchange earnings from bangus exports have been reported to be about US$15 million.

Nutritional Contents
Bangus as a food is a good source of nutrition. This food is low in Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin B6, Phosphorus and Selenium, and a very good source of Protein, Niacin and Vitamin B12. The only relatively not good about bangus is that it is high in cholesterol.

There many things that can be said about bangus, but the best ones would be is that it yummy, healthy, and abundant.

Here is hoping for an appreciation to the specie Chanos chanos. :)