By Development Communication SectionAQD scientists Dr. Rolando Pakingking Jr., Dr. Emilia Quinitio and Dr. Nerissa Salayo were among the speakers of the 5th Aquaculture Expo and Convention (AQUATECH 2014) held at Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines from 29 to 31 May 2014. They talked on the diseases in tilapia, updates on the soft-shell crab production in the Philippines and market & development issues in coastal resources management in the Philippines, respectively. Moreover, AQD scientists Dr. Maria Lourdes Aralar, Dr. Mae Catacutan, Dr. Quinitio and Ms. Jocelyn Ladja were among the resource persons during the convention’s aquaculture clinic while Dr. Maria Rowena Eguia and Dr. Salayo served as moderators during the technical conference. The AQD Chief Dr. Felix Ayson, Deputy Chief Dr. Takuro Shibuno, Research Division head Dr. Ma. Junemie Hazel Lebata-Ramos, and Dr. Veronica Alava also attended the event.
Aside from the technical conference, AQD also participated in the trade show with Ms. Grace Garcia as the technical resource person and booth in-charge. In addition, during the networking night, AQD was able to re-launch its latest publications released in 2013 namely: (1) Culture of Marine Phytoplankton for Aquaculture Seed Production and (2) Field Guide to Mangrove Identification and Community Structure Analysis. The book Coastal Resource Management: Perspectives from the Social Sciences published by the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) which includes a chapter on Market and Fisheries Development Issues in Coastal Resource Management written by Dr. Salayo was also re-launched. Complimentary copies of these publications were given to about 15 participants of the convention.
In joining this event, AQD was able to disseminate its science-based aquaculture technologies and technical services. Also, this event helped broaden AQD’s visibility to aquaculture stakeholders throughout the Philippines.