Part 3, Milkfish Harvest 4/8/20

How to farm for profit in the Philippines, business ideas. General advice about farming and business, how to get permit’s and licenses. Life style expectations and experiences.
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  1. yesss firsst to comment,,,,Your doing great Brian…..I know ther will be some times that are difficult but you are doing great.I like watching your videos

  2. Another lesson learned, next time use a smaller net holes. Gabriel knew it before that fish will get caught and choked, because the net’s eyes are bigger than they are suppose to be. Now too much work by simply untangle or removing those fish one by one in the net instead of just scooping them all in boxes.

  3. It’s hard work but realy a beautiful process, these videos show what the Fish farmers have to go through just to get the fish to the docks let alone to the market place.

  4. You were a smart alec and didn’t care about the advise of gabrial when you bought the net showing him who’s the boss. The result cost you money, damaged fish and longer time for your helpers to get the fish off the net which led to the late night finish. This is not to mention that there may have been fish escapees outside of the cage when they floated it to your platform. It might be one reason why you didn’t hit your target. I think Gabrial already knew what would happen when he saw the hole size of the net. He just would’n say it to you for he was giving you the respect as his boss.

    1. @barhead1966 Nope. Just pointing out. Go back to his video buying the net and you will hear him disregard Gabrial’s recommendation so him losing money is of his own making. Based from jay and jhen’s vlog, the many damaged fish caught on the net, some with their heads missing from trying to wiggle out, would have been rejected by the buyer. If it were sold, it wouldn’t have fetched as much as the undamaged ones.

    2. Easy to judge others mistakes. A mirror might be needed here. Or are you perfect? That’s why your here watching and belittling others. Life is a learning experience and no one ever does everything perfectly.

    3. @RICKY CAMACHO HURT! why is that important to you? Bet you have not accomplished a drop of what Brian has…..your jealously is showing, bet you have small hands.

  5. This is what i said when you purchased the net would happen . Your normally so logical .Things are tough for you at the moment just put this down as a learning curve and go with the size Gabriel recommends next time and put this behind you and keep the head up be positive and move on .The new net could also be used to cover the pen or part of it and protect the next fingerlings from the birds . Hakuna Matata 🙂

  6. 50 x 35 x 108= 189k peso. Gross earnings at 108 peso/ kilo. It will get smoother, and more profitable as you iron out all the kinks. Probably about the time Jason can join you. Thanks for sharing all of your adventures.

  7. Yes good to share with ones who try there best for you.. I’m sure there trully grateful people and deserves it.. God Bless them and all of y’all to be safe in these trying times…

    I like for all to say a silent prays for those who’ve lost there family members and especially the children who have passed because of this…

    Lord take them into your gracefulness and loving arms cherish them and above all let them know they will and always will be missed and in our ❤’s …..
    Amen!

  8. Dear Brian, FROM EXPERIENCE THERE, one thing I cannot stress enough, especially with Gabriel, if you can’t understand why he wants to do something a certain way, have an interpreter competent in both English and Cebuano to ask him WHY his reasons are for doing it that way!!! Don’t just insist on your way without at least finding out his reasoning for WHY he wants to do it in a way that might seem backwards/different/ or more expensive (smaller weave netting) before proceeding! Filipinos are incredibly ingenious and usually have a good reason for wanting to do things a certain way. Does that mean there might not be a better way, no, but trust me they usually have a good reason. When I was at the Alubijid barangay hall with Marites gathering paperwork for fiancée visa if I had not been lucky enough to have had Archie a classmate and best friend from high school I’d never have known why the entire barangay hall staff except for a few of the ladies broke out in loud laughter after the rich church elder who’d been putting me up in his house and taking me to meet marriage minded young ladies of my own faith as far away as Valencia and also Mountain View College there in the interior of Mindanao, I’d never known what all the ruckus was about or why Marites suddenly became so quiet tears filling her eyes. I met Tes as I think I’ve told you in the past while journeying on my own deep into the countryside. What that man said was entirely inappropriate for anyone to say let alone a church elder in mixed company and especially in from of my completely innocent never even kissed anyone before extremely shy 17yo fiancée causing her to be hurt, red faced, and quiet/teary eyed had Archie not been there!!! I cannot tell you what was said here in comments! It was that bad of a joke about the honeymoon night!!!

    1. Jim & Rose’s adventure in Manila Philippines, I’m sorry you didn’t understand my correlation, but this is just what I think is the most pertinent example I could have used of having a trustworthy native Filipino interpreter who is also very fluent in “proper English”! I have experienced, though there were many other occasions Archie was invaluable! I was so lucky to have had him there that dayI when I knew basically no Cebuano! I that evening moved out from his “hospitality” of free room and board, thanking him for that hospitality. I would have told him exactly what I thought of his “humor” had not both Marites and Archie begged me not to do so as they were so fearful of repercussions once I left. I am an open and honest guy who’s not politically correct, but states the truth as I see it. If I somehow offered you, well that is your right to feel that way but I wouldn’t change my example of the importance of an competent interpreter and think the example I shared was a very appropriate example! Now I could se your point had I included what was said that caused such an uproar of laughter throughout the Barangay hall, which this being a “family channel” I certainly had enough sense not to do so! God Bless, and have a wonderful day!

    2. Jim & Rose’s adventure in Manila Philippines, I’m sorry you didn’t understand my correlation, but this is just what I think is the most pertinent example I could have used of having a trustworthy native Filipino interpreter who is also very fluent in “proper English”! I have experienced, though there were many other occasions Archie was invaluable! I was so lucky to have had him there that dayI when I knew basically no Cebuano! I that evening moved out from his “hospitality” of free room and board, thanking him for that hospitality. I would have told him exactly what I thought of his “humor” had not both Marites and Archie begged me not to do so as they were so fearful of repercussions once I left. I am an open and honest guy who’s not politically correct, but states the truth as I see it. If I somehow offered you, well that is your right to feel that way but I wouldn’t change my example of the importance of an competent interpreter and think the example I shared was a very appropriate example! Now I could se your point had I included what was said that caused such an uproar of laughter throughout the Barangay hall, which this being a “family channel” I certainly had enough sense not to do so! God Bless, and have a wonderful day!

    3. @Sam Reeves I see the 1st 1/3 of your post Does make sense for a Fish harvest…
      The rest of your post.. nothing to do with this video my opinion.. Have a great day..

  9. You are doing the best you can and every day is a learning day, so don’t listen to any negative comments. These kind of people cant even get out of a chair, and only have experience reading a book.

  10. There is always next time because tomorrow is new day. One thing i have learned in life, you can’t learn without making any mistake, you can’t be convinced that your way is correct till you tried it yourself. After graduating college,it does not mean that learning and schooling will stop. You learn everyday as you go. Sometimes the process of learning is costly. As for Brian, I think he did great.

  11. I see the work did get a little bonus.. In damaged fish… Which I think is great… And what I heard the price is right… Have a great day.. I’m grateful you could recycle the fish Net.. Have a great day

  12. I still don’t get why people put a thumbs down. It’s not for because the harvest did not go as well as planned. I though a thumbs down was for the video in general and I can never fault your videos the content is always first class

  13. I think you done well in your first go around.First goes are to find the mistakes. Without those mistakes there will not be improvements. It’s a money maker as I see it. now to fine tune it. Well done sir and crew.

  14. Hi Brian it’s really hard to sit here and see what you have to put up WITH only wish I could help you life is hard sometimes hope everything good for you nice video great job well done 🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅🐕🐶🏝🏝🏝🏝🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖

  15. Thanks again Brian ( not Brain as some put lol) for an absorbing reportage.
    Would say, apart from the hole size, absolutely nothing wrong with the method ( which is ( for the future), the way to go ( especially in time and possibly labour saving).
    Though of course , with many more kilos, of fish to haul in, will need a lot more hands( recall, you doing a video of a harvest at one
    of the floating cages once( well worth your more recent subs , to go and find on your playlist), needed to haul in the net( was heavy with algae ect, apart from the actual fish.
    Said before, you must have been shattered ( especially after the live broadcast the night before!),
    Any particular reason for such a late start, just curious!😀.
    All the best from Pangasinan

  16. Did you know…Dan (Blindowl) smashed with an axe the Bread Box on video yup the Bread Box that Grace sent to you and Maricel long ago in a Balikbayan box that Dan opened on Video…Bread Box and Shoe/Coat Hanger fixture that specifically marked for you and Maricel…Dan later uploaded a separate video with Shannon putting the fixture together and thanking Grace lol….Grace knows and confronted that thief, that’s why Dan posted that video destroying the Bread Box ….. Dan is mentally sick Brian !!!!

    1. laman491 Oh I remember that! Terence found out though, and their trouble started… just recently he showed up at Dewayne & Lovely Mae’s new property unannounced, i know Dewayne wasn’t happy about it, the Hunchback had the gall to call both of unsocialable because they are building a wall around their property… Don’t expect the owl any time soon at their place ever again. Dewayne can’t stand him because the fool was trying to first set up Lovely Mae with Don that old fat fart, then Brian who eventually hooked up with Emma..even when Dewayne was courting Lovely Mae!!! Then that day he shows at Dewayne’s property, titles his video that he is taking Dean in search of a wife… i guess somebody else’s wife is free game too …. geeez i sent Dewayne a message on FB about what he did…. did not go well.. bet on it, when Dewayne comes back the Hunchback will have to do some mansplaining to do…..

    2. @Gavino Diaz he also went to T&B house once , they weren’t there and he was walking around like he owned the place, belittled Terrence art work of a dragon, what someone does in their spare time to create or amuse themselves is their business and not for him to criticize, who criticizes him and what he does with his fake survival bs….?

    3. laman491 There an audio recording of him yelling at Marife in the house. He was heard outside i guess one of his hired help recorded it and passed it on to an expat and in turn posted it on Youtube….yelling stuff like “Where you been! Called and called you took you long to answer, where the fk were you!!” Something like that…. i’m looking for that posting….will pass it on to you guys

    4. I unsubbed from him long ago when he forbid his wife and daughter from wearing makeup if they wanted to. He reminds me of some religious sect cult leader where his word is law…. he should get real life doesn’t go by your rules. He is a pathetic controlling man

  17. This reminds me of when I was a little boy, on my grandad’s farm . The 4 H club would brand the cafe’s. All those kid’s running around trying to catch them, my Grandad would make a reference to something about ” A MONKEY HAVING CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A FOOTBALL” Don’t remember the exact verbadge but I think you get might point.. Got to LOVE living in the P.H. Always makes life interesting. Keep up the GREAT VIDEO’S BRIAN!!!!!!!

  18. Next time consider placing the net a day before the harvest. Also because net is so massive and hard to handle consider splitting it in two. Have edges meet in the middle. On harvest day raise middle edge of both pieces of net and have fish in both sections. Then harvest each section separately. Should be easier to handle because not all fish are in the net being harvested at one time and the size/weight of the net is less cumbersome.

    1. @George Stoyles Thank God. My husband isn’t a kill joy and knows how a woman doesn’t like to be kept. He treats me as an equal that knows that I know what’s best for my body. Lucky me.

    2. @George Stoyles they are a mere 10-20 mins from shore. I’ve had babies, I’ve climbed mountains and gone on trips days before my due date. Don’t worry.

  19. Lessons learned in fish farming your new at this it is what it is. You learn from your mistakes. But at least you made money. The next harvest im sure will be much much better

  20. Brian, I feel for you mate, all that effort and investment. Don’t let it get you down, what doesn’t kill you makes you strong. I’ve been watching you channel for over a year now, laughed a lot, felt bad for you sometime but always rooting for you and Maricel. Take care, stay safe and keep a smile!

  21. If net size not working out, more azolla overhead cover. No loss on material spent as still as useful in alternate function.
    Seems like additional space at the top of the fish pen would provide a single workspace where fish only need to be handled one time before boxing. Then option to move packing operation to top of pen to save labor and time. Or to attach a metal chute so harvested fish slide down to waiting boat loaded with boxes and chipped ice. 4 moves before fish collected too much, inefficient one move before collection better. One more learning through experience and infrastructure adjustment hurdles. Financial redemption on material outlay good. Relief of impending harvest during the outbreak over, also good..

  22. Taking care of your circle of people, very good! Listen to excitement in voices of workers is legitimate. Support your group as it helps support you. A good village Headman.

  23. Good job getting the leftovers from the last harvest in. I think everyone here that knows it all is forgetting these are the fish that didn’t get harvested the first time due to first time experience. EVERYTHING in life comes with a learning curve and it seems many of your followers have a “better” way. Of course they are not in your shoes. I know those that left a negative comment do so because they are standing on the edge looking in and not doing the job themselves. Easy to judge from the sidelines.

    Good on you to give your workers some of the damaged fish. Times are hard and the fish go in the tummy the same way whether they are flawless or damaged.

  24. The plan worked. The net had holes too large, but you didn’t lose the harvest. For a first attempt it was a win. The current net can help cover the azzola, and you can get a new net for the next harvest. Good job on the video and the whole fish farm process.

  25. Maybe a “dress rehearsal” with everyone in their assigned places, (pantomime the process step by step) to handle the net would help (watching Part 2, also – did they even understand the “end game?”). Maybe a bull-horn for giving instructions when it’s all happening, would help

  26. Nice Brian, interesting. You are the most interesting, hard working foreigner and genuine as I can see. You and your good wife stay Blessed and Happy Easter…

  27. Brain’ i suggest you have to build a small Crane on top of your pen and there is a usage net around of it the connected to the crane and scooping in it inside and other guys trowing feeds on it for surfacing all the fish so that it can easy to catching all of it.. and can moving 360′ degrees and can drop the net direct to the bowl of container..they used that method from fishing vessel.. try to watch some video’s from fishing on wild seas, and some of big company have a lot of videos can be seen here..

  28. Hi guys, it surprises me every time, the inefficiency of these fishing methods, is there no better or at least more time saving method? Maybe using a scoop or Handnet.?? Sorry to be so ignorant and without any knowledge about this, but I see that phillipinos like to do the same work twice…!!! Regards Rickard from Sweden.

  29. Not bad, fish breeding on the coast is something im looking to start when i get home to philippines and live with my Wife and children. Learning everything i can on it.

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