Wednesday , 8 February 2023

Partnership inked for resource enhancement project at Lahuy Island

By Development Communication Section

To rehabilitate the degraded coastal resources and reduce stress to the marine ecosystem in Caramoan, Camarines Sur, the Partido State University (PSU) partnered with SEAFDEC/AQD for the implementation of a resource enhancement project at the Lahuy Group of Islands.

The two institutions sealed their partnership on 11 April 2019 through an agreement signing held at SEAFDEC/AQD’s Tigbauan Main Station in Iloilo, Philippines.

The collaborative research project will involve socioeconomic and resource assessment; social and biophysical preparation of the enhancement site; and stock enhancement of abalone and sandfish, if proven suitable in the area.

Prior to the agreement signing, the Lahuy Group of Islands in Caramoan has been considered as a replication site adopting the strategies of the successful Community-Based Resource Enhancement (CBRE) project of SEAFDEC/AQD and the Government of Japan-Trust Fund 6 in Molocaboc, Sagay City, Negros Occidental. The Caramoan site was evaluated in a preliminary social assessment conducted by PSU and SEAFDEC/AQD in May 2017 together with the local stakeholders.

With SEAFDEC/AQD’s experience, it will be in-charge of providing technical advice based on the CBRE project in Sagay. SEAFDEC/AQD’s researchers and technical team in-charge of the project will also participate in some field activities at the site and in fisherfolk community meetings in Lahuy Island.

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