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๐Ÿ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ˆ๐‚๐Ž๐‘๐…๐€๐’๐€ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐ฅ

With its aim to elevate the academic and research landscape in fisheries and marine sciences through robust educational exchanges, the 1st International Conference on Responsible Fisheries and Sustainable Aquaculture set sail on July 3-5, 2024 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. 

๐™๐™„๐™๐™Ž๐™ ๐˜ฟ๐˜ผ๐™” ๐™†๐™„๐˜พ๐™† ๐™Š๐™๐™

Starting off with the singing of the national anthem of the Philippines and the participating countries such as Turkiye, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Indonesia, the conference set the tone with Mindanao State University (MSU) System President and MSU Main Campus Chancellor Atty. Basari D. Mapupuno, Provincial Consultant on Fisheries and Executive Director of Macajalar Bay Development Authority Mr. Teodoro Bacolod delivering the message of Misamis Oriental Hon. Gov. Peter M. Unabia, and ร‡anakkale Onsekiz Mart University Rector Prof. Ramazan Cรผneyt Erenoglu delivering their messages. MSU at Naawan Chancellor Dr. Elnor C. Roa presented the rationale of the conference and welcomed the delegates from several universities.

Keynote speaker Commission on Higher Education Chairman Prof. J. Prospero E. de Vera III through pre-recorded video and Department of Science and Technology Region X Director Engr. Romela N. Ratilla, DPA delivered their messages highlighting the significance of the conference in the fisheries and marine science sectors.

Additionally, the conference acknowledged and awarded five exchange students to Turkey under the Philippine-Turkey Project on the Development of Academic Exchange Programs focusing on Fisheries and Marine Science.

Delegates had the opportunity to view and browse both competing and non-competing poster presentations before the afternoon session commenced.

During the afternoon session, four plenary speakers covered diverse areas of fisheries and marine science. Dr. Emre Keskin from Ankara University, Turkey, presented on “Echoes of Biodiversity: How eDNA Metabarcoding Amplifies Conservation Efforts.” Prof. Dr. Sebahattin Ergรผn of ร‡anakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey, discussed “Natural Fish Feed Additives in Health and Immunity.” Prof. Dr. Khor Waiho from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu addressed “Adapting to the Heat: Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Mud Crabs for Sustainable Aquaculture.” Lastly, Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, spoke on “Empowering Women for Sustainable Seas: Gender-Inclusive Strategies in Fisheries and Aquaculture Management.”

Simultaneously, parallel sessions were held in breakout rooms where delegates from various universities presented their studies aligned with conference themes: Aquaculture Sustainability and Innovation; Responsible Fisheries Management; Aquatic Health and Disease Management; Environmental Conservation and Biodiversity; and Socioeconomic and Community Aspects.

๐™ˆ๐™„๐™Ž ๐™Š๐™โ€™๐™Ž ๐™‰๐™„๐™‚๐™ƒ๐™

Mis Orโ€™s Night dazzled attendees with elegant traditional and formal attires, celebrating cultural appreciation in a vibrant display. The ceremony started off with a captivating musical presentation by the Koro Kaayad Kaligaon, serenading the audience with their heavenly voices. This was followed by a heartfelt welcoming message from Prof. Renoir Marino A. Abrea, MSUN Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension.

A highlight of the evening was the launching of the newly approved Centers at MSU at Naawan. Principal Investigator Dr. Rey Y. Capangpangan inaugurated the Microplastics Center, aimed at advancing scientific understanding, innovating solutions, and promoting awareness regarding microplastic pollution. This center is set to increase public awareness through educational programs and advocate for effective policies and sustainable practices through interdisciplinary collaboration. 

โ€œIt is in the best interest of the MSU system to establish the Center for Microplastics Research and Innovation, the first in the Philippines,โ€ Dr. Capangpangan emphasized.

Following this, Dr. Venus Leopardas, Principal Investigator of the eDNA Project, introduced the eDNA Center. This center aims to harness the potential of environmental DNA (eDNA) technology to revolutionize biodiversity monitoring, ecological research, and conservation practices in the region and throughout the Philippines. The establishment of these centers aims to centralize expertise and resources, ensure long-term sustainability, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, enhance education and outreach, influence policy, and build networks and partnerships.

After the launching, participants enjoyed a delightful dinner while being entertained by Indak Kalaunanโ€™s performances of various Philippine cultural dances and traditional songs by Koro Kaayad Kaligaon. These performances highlighted the rich cultural heritage and allowed participants to appreciate cultural differences, showcasing how local fishermen celebrate a bountiful harvest.

The night also featured a talent showcase, where representatives from different institutions displayed their singing and dancing skills. A fashion show spotlighted the elegant traditional Filipino attires, showcasing the rich diversity of ethnic backgrounds.

The event concluded with the awarding of presentations and best attire, wrapping up an evening of cultural appreciation, innovation, and community spirit.

๐˜ฟ๐™„๐™Ž๐˜พ๐™๐™Ž๐™Ž๐™„๐™Š๐™‰๐™Ž ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐˜พ๐™‡๐™Š๐™Ž๐™„๐™‰๐™‚

The second day of the conference commenced with the Stakeholders Forum, featuring a presentation by Director Edward B. Yasay of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region X, who outlined BFARโ€™s role and contributions to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

Following Director Yasay, Dr. Jericardo S. Mondragon, Chief of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – National Mariculture Center (BFAR-NMC), discussed BFAR-NMCโ€™s interventions in support of Mariculture Park Development in the Philippines.

Mr. Daniel V. Cabrera, National Sales Manager of Santeh Feeds Corporation, a sponsor of ICORFASA, concluded the series of talks by sharing Santehโ€™s commitment to “Quality Feeds for Sustainable Aquaculture.”

Subsequently, the three speakers joined Assoc. Prof. Kaent Immanuel Uba for a panel discussion on responsible fisheries and sustainable aquaculture.

Following this session, parallel sessions took place in various breakout rooms where delegates presented their papers in competing and non-competing categories through both oral and poster presentations.

For the closing ceremony, here are the winners for the competing category in poster presentation:

๐Ÿ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž – ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—จ๐—ง๐—”, ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—๐—ผ๐˜† for the paper ๐™„๐™จ๐™ค๐™ก๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™Ž๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™€๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ-๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™˜๐™š๐™™ ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ค๐™—๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐˜ฝ๐™ž๐™ค๐™›๐™ก๐™ค๐™˜ ๐™๐™š๐™˜๐™๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ค๐™œ๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™œ ๐™Ž๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™ข๐™ฅ, ๐™‹๐™š๐™ฃ๐™–๐™š๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ข๐™š๐™ž 

๐Ÿ๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž – ๐—š๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ก๐——๐—”, ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜†๐—ป for the paper ๐™‰๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ค๐™›๐™ž๐™ก๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐˜ผ๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™› ๐˜ฝ๐™ก๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ก๐™™๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™ก๐™ฎ (๐™ƒ๐™š๐™ง๐™ข๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™– ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™ช๐™˜๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ) ๐™‡๐™–๐™ง๐™ซ๐™–๐™š ๐™ˆ๐™š๐™–๐™ก ๐™–๐™จ ๐™‹๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™˜๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐˜ผ๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™–๐™›๐™š๐™š๐™™

๐Ÿ‘๐ซ๐ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž – ๐—”ร‘๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—”, ๐—ฉ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—–. for the paper ๐˜ผ๐™จ๐™จ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™‹๐™ง๐™š๐™ซ๐™–๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™€๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™›๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™š๐™ง๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™„๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™Ž๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™˜๐™ค, ๐˜ฝ๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™œ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™œ, ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™–๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ, ๐™‹๐™–๐™ก๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ, ๐™‹๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ

Meanwhile, these are the winners for the oral presentation: 

๐Ÿ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž – ๐—ง๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฆ, ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฒ for the paper ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ˆ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™š๐™ง๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ: ๐˜ผ ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ง๐™›๐™–๐™˜๐™š ๐™ˆ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ค๐™œ๐™ฎ ๐˜ผ๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™–๐™˜๐™ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™Š๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฏ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™Š๐™› ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™–๐™œ๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฃ-๐˜ฝ๐™–๐™จ๐™š๐™™ ๐˜ฝ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™†๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™๐™ฎ๐™˜๐™ช๐™จ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ซ๐™–๐™ง๐™š๐™ฏ๐™ž๐™ž

๐Ÿ๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž – ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ข๐—ก๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—”, ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ for the paper ๐™Ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ก๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ: ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™‚๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ˆ๐™ช๐™˜๐™ช๐™จ ๐™Š๐™› ๐™๐™๐™š ๐˜ผ๐™จ๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ข๐™ฅ ๐™€๐™š๐™ก (๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ ๐™–๐™ก๐™—๐™ช๐™จ) ๐™๐™ค๐™ง ๐™‹๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ค๐™—๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ

๐Ÿ‘๐ซ๐ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž – ๐—”๐—ก๐—ง๐—œ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ข, ๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น for the paper ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐˜ฟ๐™ž๐™š๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™€๐™ญ๐™š๐™ง๐™˜๐™ž๐™จ๐™š ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ช๐™˜๐™š๐™™ ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™š๐™ข๐™–๐™ก ๐™‡๐™ค๐™ง๐™™๐™ค๐™จ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™„๐™ฃ ๐™•๐™š๐™—๐™ง๐™–๐™›๐™ž๐™จ๐™ ๐˜ฟ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ค ๐™ง๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ค (๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฃ, 1822)

Additionally, Dr. Elnor C. Roa addressed the Phil-Turkiye project, expressing gratitude to partner universities for their support and expressing hope for expanded collaboration in the project’s upcoming phase 3.

Following this, partner universities pledged their support, followed by closing remarks from Dr. Rey Y. Capangpangan, overall steering committee chairperson from MSU at Naawan, who acknowledged the efforts of the organizing committees and the participation of delegates, underscoring the success of ICORFASA.

A video presentation highlighting the event’s key moments concluded the conference, encompassing discussions, talks, and presentations.

In summary, the inaugural ICORFASA facilitated the gathering of researchers, academia, scientists, and stakeholders to exchange knowledge, expertise, and practices in responsible fisheries and sustainable aquaculture.

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