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Research Title Studies on the Biology and Utilization of Commercially Important Mollusk Species in Panay Island, Western Visayas, Philippines (formerly Establishment of Marine Fisheries Research and Development Center for Western Visayas) (Year 2 of 3)
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Research Duration Start:
16 January 2018
15 December 2018
Research Location UPV
Research Description Bivalves and gastropods are among the most economically important species that inhabit the coastal areas, specifically inhabiting seagrass, mangroves, and coral ecosystems. As economically important species, these species provide food, livelihood to fisherfolks, and revenue to the local government. Thus, there is a need to benchmark information on these resources so that a blueprint for future actions can be prepared, and eventually, schemes can be planned for resource capacity enhancement and technology and commercialization ventures development.
Research Objectives The project aims to: (1) conduct an inventory of ranked commerciallyimportant mollusk species in the island of Panay; (2) conduct a fisheries monitoring program to determine catch volume and catch per unit effort (CPUE) for the most important mollusk species; (3) determine the population and reproductive biology of the most important species (as input information to their sound utilization, rational management and conservation). (4) expand existing facilities at the Regional Research Center (RRC) of UPV; (5) test and regularly calibrate equipment to be used for on-going and future projects related to mollusks research and development; and (6) conduct trainings for prospective users and project proponents.
Research Beneficiary(ies) Scientists, researchers, other SUCs and HEIs, R&D institutions, fishers, traders, stakeholders in the industry, LGUs, and the general public
Research Accoplishments [CY 2017] Publications: a. Study on the use of the Center of Excellence (CoE) scheme for capacity building in research, development and innovations in Philippine agrifisheries b. Two ISI publications covering topics on the explotation of mollusks in Panay Island and the population and reproductive biology of some mollusk species 2. Product/process: a. Use of CoE instrument for capacity building in regional RDI within the Philippine context b. Inventory of commercially important mollusks in Panay Island 3. People Services: a. Training of faculty, researchers, and administrative staff on attaining and maintaining excellence b. 1 MS Student and 4 trained personnel (through Project 1) c. Students and industry/sectoral clients trained in agri-fisheries RDI b. Networks with HEIs (foreign and local), research institutions (foreign and local), industry and other sectors c. SUC personnel involved in fish stock assessment and LGU personnel trained/engaged in fish catch monitoring 4. Partnerships a. Memorandum of Agreements with partners 5. Places: a. Mollusk Research and Development Center in Western Visayas b. Research facilities (i.e., satellite research labs) c. Presentation of Project 1 results (PAMS 2019) (from Project 1) 6. Policies: a. Policies and guidelines for good/best practices in RDI b. Sciencebased information for inputs into policy/guideline for mollusks in Panay (from Project 1)
Total Research Cost ₱71,300.60
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Code DG CY2020 7710
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Priority Thrust DOST

Sector Natural Sciences
Actual Sector Ecology
Related sectors Environmental
Entry revision: February 2021