ISCOF benchmarks at country’s best fisheries institutes


FISHING FOR TECHNOLOGY. CLSU staff meet, greet, and orient ISCOF delegates for possible fish technology transfer. Photo by Instr. R. Villanueva

By Roy Villanueva and E. Bernardo

ISCOF President Dr. Godelyn Hisole, CFAS Dean Dr. Noel Armada, Fisheries Program Chair Instr. Roy Villanueva, and Fishpond Manager Mr. Jan Sarroza went on a four-day benchmarking trip to Central Luzon State University (CLSU) and BFAR at Munoz, Nueva Ecija, and BFAR- National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC) at Dagupan City, Pangasinan on June 2-5.

The benchmarking aimed at assessing the possible transfer of the latest technology in Fisheries at ISCOF system.

At CLSU where BFAR-National Freshwater Fisheries Technology Center is located, the ISCOF delegates were received and oriented by CLSU President Dr. Tereso Abella, College of Fisheries Dean Dr. Ravelina Velasco BFAR Center Chief Ma. Jodecel Danting, and Fisheries Biotechnology Center Head Dr. Casiano Choresca on aquaponics, tilapia hatchery, macrobrachium hatchery and biotechnology, hydroponics, and small ruminants farming.

Dr. Westly Rosario, Chief of BFAR-NIFTDC, Dagupan City, and Chairman of the Fisheries Technologists Licensure Examination, PRC led the orientation and educational tour at the Seabass Hatchery, Macro/Ulang Hatchery, the Seafood Processing Complex, the Shrimp Academy, and the Philippine Bangus Center.

Instructor R. Villanueva is in wait of the delivery of the first batch of macrobrachium fry, part of the initial stages of technology and learning transfer to ISCOF as of press time.