SEAFDEC/AQD and the Government of Japan Trust Fund (GOJ-TF) conducted the “International seminar on environment – friendly aquaculture and stock enhancement in Southeast Asia” on 3 December at AQD’s main station in Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines.
Featuring six presentations, this is the second time that this seminar was held at AQD. Dr. Katsutoshi Arai of Hokkaido University’s Faculty of Fisheries Sciences (HUFFS) in Japan updated the participants about the progress and future prospect of JSPS-AASP’s international exchange program. JSPS-AASP is the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science’s Asia-Africa science platform program.
In addition, Dr. Tetsuya Takatsu, also from HUFFS, discussed the importance of otolith microstructure analysis as a useful tool for studying early life history of the fishes.
The papers presented by AQD staff include: (1) “DNA study of seahorse and preparation of otolith for marking: implications to stock enhancement” by Ms. Shelah Mae Buen-Ursua; (2) “Chromosome and flow-cytometric studies for hybridization and polyploidization of abalones” by Mr. Ramil Piloton; (3) “Thraustochytrid strain Ley 7 as lipid source in practical diet for abalone Haliotis asinina” by Ms. Jilla Tornalejo; and (4) “Stock enhancement in commercial waters: an alternative to aquaculture” by Dr. Ma. Junemie Hazel Lebata-Ramos.
“I hope that more collaboration will be done between our two institutions,” said AQD Chief Dr. Felix Ayson at the meeting. He also expressed his gratitude to the government of Japan and Hokkaido University for the continuing support to AQD’s research programs.
AQD Deputy Chief and co-manager of GOJ-TF projects, Dr. Teruo Azuma, chaired the seminar.