13th Kuroshio Science Symposium
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan - It was a rich day for marine and fisheries science as about 180 scientists, researchers, academicians and government personnel from the country and Japan have gathered in Cagayan State University - Andrews Campus from November 19-20, 2019, for the 13th Kuroshio Science Symposium.
This symposium is one of the essential activities of the Kuroshio Science Network, a group formed back in 2005 and composed of cooperating agencies and universities from Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines that are working on research about the Kuroshio current.
Kuroshio is a nutrient and energy-rich ocean current that originates in the Philippine Sea and passes east of the country, moves toward Taiwan and southern Japan and back.
The Network works on the common goal of promoting sustainable resources along with communities in the Kuroshio region who share the resources and energy brought by the current.
Dr. Teruyuki Shinbo, head of the Kuroshio Science Unit of the Kochi University in Kochi, Japan, said that the Kuroshio is one of the greatest ocean currents in the world. The professor added that Kuroshio influences the culture of the people in areas affected by the current, and affects climate, natural resources and the community structure of plants and animals in most Southeast Asian countries.
Dr. Shinbo said that a multi-disciplinary study is needed to establish sustainable and secured fisheries, also mentioning the need to balance the development and the needs of the environment.
The main activity in the two-day symposium is the presentation of 53 scientific studies categorized into Fisheries Biology and Oceanography; Fisheries Resource Management, Fisheries Socio-Economic, Seafood Safety and Processing Technology; and Ecological Habitats and Climate Sciences.
Eleven posters dealing on the same topics were also unveiled. The study titled “Why Seagrass Siganids (Siganus canaliculatus) Maturing Too Early?” by V. Soliman, R. Bobiles, A. Takemuro, and K. Yamaoka of Bicol State University, University of the Ryukyus (Okinawa, Japan), and Graduate School of Kuroshio Science (Kochi University) was declared the best poster presentation.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 2 Regional Director Dr. Milagros C. Morales underscored the importance of bringing together experts to make concerted efforts, exchange information and address issues and challenges. Scientific studies, she added, are crucial in mitigating the impacts of climate change.
“Let us work together to make society a better place to live in."
Atty. Ma. Rosario Villaflor-Mamba, chief of staff of Cagayan Governor Dr. Manuel Mamba echoed the observation of RD Morales, and said that the purpose of research should be to provide a good and comfortable life for the people. It must address food security, productivity, and sustainability, she said.
Dr. Yosinori Morooka, Professor Emeritus of Kochi University who delivered the keynote speech in the activity, said that there is a need for a community-based approach with the assistance of the government to institutionalize conservation frameworks for the ecosystem and ensure sustainability of fisheries thru the creation of marine protected areas. He lauded collaborative activities on conservation with the neighboring archipelago.
Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano praised the symposium’s efforts to create measures in making the earth a better and safer place for people to live in; also mentioning that people deserve a good and safe environment.
“To mitigate the destructive effects of climate change, we have to be together so we can leave a better place for our children and our children’s children.”
The Symposium was participated by representatives from the BFAR Regional Offices 1, 2, 3, 4A, 5, 8, 10, BARMM, CAR, CARAGA, DA NFRDI, DA-BAR, CEZA, Batangas State University, Bicol State University, Cagayan State University, Central Bicol University, Central Luzon State University, Isabela State University, Kochi University, Partido State University, San Carlos University, University of the Philippines – Visayas, University of the Philippines – Marine Science, Visayas State University, Western Philippines University, LGU-Sabtang, LGU-Tuguegarao, PLGU-Cagayan.
Bicol University, Central Bicol University, Partido State University, Isabela State University, Kochi University, LGU Sabtang, UP Visayas, UP Mindanao, San Carlos University, Western Philippines University, CEZA, Cagayan State University, Cavite State University, Batangas State University, Central Luzon State University, LGU-Sabtang, University of the Philippines - Marine Science, and Visayas State University.
The event bearing the theme “Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Towards Sustainable Fisheries Resources along Kuroshio Region” is organized by the BFAR RO2, Kochi University, and the Cagayan State University. (Max Prudencio and Jackie Mark dela Cruz, BFAR RO2 FIS | 📷 Jaylord Cabulay, Leo Reyes and Mildred Alan)