Training/Workshop on Fish Stock Assessment Methodologies for Data Processing and Analysis: Luzon Cluster
February 26, 2018, Basco, Batanes. NFRDI’s Training Division held its first training last February 20-24, 2018 at the Provincial Fisheries Office of Basco, Batanes. The training was headed by Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos, OIC of Training Division, with Mr. Francisco Torres, Jr. as the resource speaker. The training was attended by BFAR researchers from the National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP) Luzon cluster.
Some of the lectures were on basic concepts and principles of fish stock assessment and the Framework for Integrated Stocks and Habitat Evaluation (FISHE) as delivered by Mr. Torres. Recognizing the importance of updated reference E-values for relevant fisheries management, Mr. Nicko Flores presented the status of data submitted to the NFRDI project management office which also served as gentle reminder for data analysts to speed-up their data entry and subsequent analysis. Moreover, a lecture on ENKETO Application was presented by Mr. Valeriano Manlulu while Mr. Jin Kevin Dionisio presented the current status of the Interactive Atlas. The participants allowed to provide comments and suggestions for further development of the interactive atlas system. Since its revival, The Philippine Journal of Fisheries (TPJF) have published a number of books and an update on the status of publication of TPJF was given by Ms. Cyrenes Moncawe. She reiterated that the journal could be an important springboard for the participants to publish their scientific papers from NSAP and other studies.
The training ended with the participants presenting and explaining the growth curve they have generated using their own FiSAT data. The order of presentation is as follows:
- Myla Muyot (National Freshwater Fisheries Research and Development Center (NFFRDC);
- Catherine Amican (BFAR CALABARZON);
- Mary Tauli (BFAR CAR);
- Maureen Laroco (BFAR Region 1);
- Missael Maxion (BFAR Region 3);
- Carlos Gonzales (BFAR Region 5);
- Lenie Gonzales (BFAR MIMAROPA); and
- Rea Mae Omeccas (BFAR Region 2)
During the presentation, Dr. Santos reminded the researchers that being an analyst, they don’t have to just rely on what has been said or given to them by the enumerators. Instead, he encouraged them to visit the landing sites themselves for data verification and for them to have a first-hand experience of what they are analyzing. He also advised the researchers to understand the biology of species because it will help them to better appreciate various information that FiSat can generate. He also added that the confidence on data emanates from knowing and understanding concepts related to the specific species and factors they are analyzing.
Report from: Training Division