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.