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Matsuoka stresses cooperation not conflict in fisheries resource management

International cooperation rather than conflict should be the guiding principle in the global community in the management and sharing of fisheries resources.

This was the gist of the keynote address of Dr. Tatsuro Matsuoka, keynote speaker of the 2nd International Conference on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (ICFAS) held on January 26-27, 2016, Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo City.

Matsuoka, who had to tackle snowstorm and blizzard in Japan just to make it to the conference, is the Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University. He has an extensive experience in academic and technical cooperation in the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean countries.

In the same address, Matsuoka gave a brief historical development on international fishery management, conflicts that arise between enclosing oceans, common management schemes, and the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. He also talked about the new Postgraduate Program in Tropical Fisheries with International Linkage. It was conceived with the recognition that tropical fisheries are more complex in nature than temperate fisheries.

The program is a five-university collaboration among UP Visayas, Kagoshima University (Japan), Sam Retulangi University (Indonesia), Kasetsart University (Thailand), and the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Graduate students from these five universities may enrol in any of the five academic institutions to get credits for their own course program. Recently the Nha Trang University of Vietnam has joined the program.

Two distinguished plenary speakers also addressed the 141 guests and participants of the Conference during the first day. The first was Dr. Angel Alcala, National Scientist and Professor Emeritus at Silliman, whose talk was entitled “Marine Protected Areas in the Philippines Today: Are they effective in Improving Fish Biomass?” The second one was former UPV professor Nygiel Armada, Chief of Party, ECOFISH Project, who talked about “Towards Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management.”

Dr. Alice Ferrer, faculty member of UP Visyas and Satoshi Ishikawa, Project Leader of the Coastal Area Capability in Southeast Asia/Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan were the two plenary speakers during day two of the conference. Ishikawa and Ferrer spoke on “Area Capability Study for Sustainable Development in the Coastal Zone,” and “Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Valuation, Institution, and Policy in Southeast Asia,” respectively.

At the end of the two-day conference, a turnover ceremony was held wherein the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), through its Dean, Dr. Crispino Saclauso, represented by Dr. Harold Monteclaro, turned over the responsibility of organizing ICFAS 2017 to Prof. Emeliza Lozada, the Dean of the School of Technology.

The Overall Chair ICFAS 2016 is Prof. Nathaniel Añasco, faculty member of the Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology, CFOS with Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension, Prof. Ricardo Babaran as Co-Chair.

With UPV as convenor, the conference is funded by the UP system administration and supported by the Department of Tourism, the Province of Iloilo, and the Department of Agriculture’s National Fisheries Research and Development Institute and its Bureau of Agricultural Research.

The Province of Iloilo in cooperation with the City of Iloilo, hosted a welcome dinner for the guests and participants on the evening of January 26 at the newly renovated Cale Real, the former Provincial Capitol. Tribu Dagatnon provided a cultural presentation for the guests who are not only from the Philippines but also from Japan, Malaysia, China and the US.

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