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Research Paper from FPE-funded Project Won ‘Best Paper’ in BFAR-NFRDI Conference

Posted on October 22, 2013


A large mangrove red snapper (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) needs wider range of coastal habitat to grow and breed. (DSRF photo)


The research paper “Devolution of power and per municipality approach to marine biodiversity conservation: sense or no-sense” from the project implemented by the Diliman Science Research Foundation (DSRF) and supported by the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) in 2012 was awarded the “Best Paper” for Post Harvest and Social Science category during the 5th Scientific Conference of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) last October 14-15 at the Manila Ocean Park in Luneta, Manila.

Thirty-five paper entries competed for the Aquaculture, Capture and Marine Fisheries, and Post Harvest and Social Science categories and 26 for the poster presentation. A credible pool of science experts judged the entries based on their relevance to the Department of Agriculture’s thrust and programs, support to sustainability and development, significant link between results and objectives, mastery of the research output, and overall presentation.

In the study, reef fish diversity measured through extensive analysis was explored in establishing an appropriate conservation strategy, i.e., the per municipality approach, which is currently being practiced.

“It is a great feeling to know that the experts panel believes in the significance of clarifying the reef fish diversity status throughout the Philippines and its implications to existing policy,” said Professor Jonathan A. Anticamara of the Institute of Biology of the University of the Philippines and the lead researcher of the project.

Based on the results of the study, conservation of reef fish per municipality is an important initial step in the recovery of depleted reefs throughout the country. However, Anticamara also emphasized in his presentation that extensive conservation is needed for large-bodied and wide-ranging species such as mass spawning and aggregating groupers, sharks, and whales. Holistic conservation also calls for long-term and integrated efforts.

The BFAR-NFRDI scientific conference is an annual national event that aims to provide venue for fishery holders to discuss and acknowledge current researches and best practices in fisheries.

By:   Edel S. Garingan, Project Officer
        FPE – Program Development Unit

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