SEAFDEC/AQD participated in the “12th National Symposium on Marine Science-Marine Biodiversity Conservation: Key for Sustaining Ecosystem Goods and Services” held from 24 to 26 October at the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College.
AQD participants Dr. Teodora Bagarinao, Dr. Jon Altamirano and Mr. Joseph Biñas presented papers on biodiversity in aquaculture ponds and cages, sea cucumber bioremediation for aquaculture, and response of sandworm to salinity and feed type, respectively.
On the other hand, AQD attendees Ms. Ma. Rovilla Luhan, Ms. Hananiah Sollesta and Ms. Jonalyn Mateo joined the event’s poster presentation where they entered posters on “Cultivation of Gracilariopsis heteroclada in pond, canal, and intertidal area,” “Ultrastructure of healthy and ice-ice infected Kappaphycus alvarezii,” and “Effect of season on the growth and carageenan quality of Kappaphycus alvarezii”. Dr. Bagarinao also has poster entries titled “The SEAFDEC/AQD museum of aquatic biodiversity and documentation of marine megafauna,” “The sea turtles around Panay and Guimaras: documentation, care, tagging, and release,” and “Waste of biodiversity in the fine-mesh fixed filter net (tangab) fishery in Iloilo Strait”.
The Philippine Association of Marine Science organizes this event every two years and is alternately held in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
AQD technical assistant Mr. Joseph Biñas talks about his paper on sandworm
(L-R) AQD participants Ms. Jonalyn Mateo, Ms. Ma. Rovilla Luhan, Ms. Hananiah Sollesta, Mr. Joseph Biñas, and Dr. Jon Altamirano visit the Leyte Landing Memorial after the symposium