AQD and GOJ-TF convene two international events

SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department (AQD) and the Government of Japan Trust Fund (GOJ-TF) hosted back-to-back international events on 1 December 2011, namely, the International seminar on environment-friendly aquaculture & stock enhancement in Southeast Asia and the closing ceremonies for the International training course on community-based freshwater aquaculture for remote rural areas of Southeast Asia.

Attended by the AQD community, the international seminar was a culminating activity of the Japan society for the promotion of science’s Asia-Africa science platform (JSPS-AASP) program on the environment-friendly aquaculture & stock enhancement which featured six presentations. Dr. Katsutoshi Arai of Hokkaido University, Faculty of Fisheries Sciences (HUFFS) in Japan gave an overview of JSPS-AASP’s international exchange programs and extended the invitation to AQD for collaborative research work. He also presented a Mini-review on abalone genetics with special reference to hybridization, triploidization, and genetic mapping. Dr. Yasuaki Takagi, also from HUFFS, discussed the Wise use of fisheries wastes for development of environment-friendly aquaculture. AQD associate scientists Dr. Frolan Aya & Dr. Ma. Michelle Peñaranda and AQD technical assistant Ms. Ellen Grace Tisuela reported their academic experiences through the program’s study grants. AQD Deputy Chief and Co-manager of GOJ-TF projects, Dr. Teruo Azuma, chaired the seminar.

Meanwhile, AQD congratulated the graduates of the international training course graduated. Ten trainees from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Spain, Thailand, and the Philippines learned freshwater aquaculture technologies and practices which they can transfer to rural communities for livelihood promotion and poverty alleviation. Eight of the ten trainees were supported by GOJ-TF.

The back-to-back international events exhibit AQD’s efforts to strengthen R&D and technology transfer capacities of researchers and extensionists through international exchanges and training programs in aquaculture.

 

AQD welcomes visitors from Hokkaido University
Visitors from Hokkaido University Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Japan (HUFFS) Dr. Katsutoshi Arai and Dr. Yasuaki Takagi meet AQD Chief Dr. Joebert Toledo and Deputy Chief Dr. Teruo Azuma.
Meeting with AQD management and research section heads
Dr. Arai and Dr. Takagi discuss the international exchanges through the JSPS-AASP program with AQD management and research section heads
Hokkaido visitors tour AQD
Dr. Arai and Dr. Takagi tours AQD’s facilities (clockwise from top left) at the marine fish, seahorse, and abalone hatcheries; and the Biotech laboratory.
Dr. Arai at AQD's Natural food laboratory
AQD researcher Ms. Milagros de la Peña and technical assistant Ms. Ellen Tisuela discusses with Dr. Arai.
During Q&A at the international seminar
Dr. Takagi (left photo) and Dr. Arai (right photo) during the presentation and Q&A session at the international seminar.
international seminar
(Clockwise from left) AQD associate scientists Dr. Ma. Michelle Peñaranda & Dr. Frolan Aya and AQD technical assistant Ms. Ellen Grace Tisuela gave their presentations on Basic histological studies for larval rearing of fishes; Partial purification of carrageenase from a Philippine seaweed bacterial isolate; and Cytogenetic studies for hybridization & polyploidization of tropical abalone, respectively.
international seminar
AQD staff and faculty of the Hokkaido University, Faculty of Fisheries Sciences attended the international seminar.
at Dumarao, Capiz
AQD socioeconomic section head Dr. Nerissa Salayo (3rd from left) shows possible livelihood options to the trainees during their visit to Dumarao, Capiz where they learned from the community and experienced hands-on training on participatory rapid appraisal (PRA) tools in the field.
at Dumangas Brackishwater Station
The trainees explore the catfish hatchery in AQD’s Dumangas Brackishwater Station.
Closing ceremonies
Graduates of the International training course with (seated at the back, L-R) AQD Deputy Chief Dr. Teruo Azuma, Chief Dr. Joebert Toledo, Training & information head Mr. Renato Agbayani; and resource persons (standing at the back, L-R) Dr. Frolan Aya, Ms. Ruby Bombeo, Ms. Didi Baticados, and Dr. Rolando Pakingking.

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