Dr. Christopher Elvidge, physical scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was the resource speaker during the seminar-workshop on Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Night Light Boat Detection. This is a Tool for Combatting Illegal Fishing and Protecting Marine Biodiversity. The activity was organized by the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies (IFPDS), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas on September 18, 2017 at the Conference Room, Faculty Center, Umali Hall, CFOS, UPV Miagao campus.
VIIRS of NOAA is a satellite sensor that can detect fishing boats that employ lights to attract catch. The seminar-workshop primarily focused on the use of VIIRS in monitoring various activities in the Visayan Sea.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Office VI has certified the Multi-Species Hatchery Complex operated by the Institute of Aquaculture (IA), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, this University for shrimp culture. BFAR Regional Director Remia A. Aparri issued the certification on September 4, 2017.
The shrimp growout facility located at the UPV Miagao campus is now authorized to culture the Pacific White Shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) sourced from BFAR-accredited P. vannamei hatcheries in the country. BFAR accredited a culturable area of 0.0385 hectares of the hatchery complex including 18 ponds with approved stocking density of 10 pieces per square meter.
“With this certification, we can now sell our produce outside the UPV community around the country,” said Dr. Rex Ferdinand Traifalgar, IA Director. He said that the accreditation is in accordance with the Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) on bio-security. The Institute is now applying for the accreditation of its hatchery/breeding of P. vannamei also with BFAR.
The certification is valid for three years. (With sources from IA)
The University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) was declared over-all Champion (Academic and Non-academic League) during the 20th National Federation – Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (NFJPIA) Eastern Visayas Regional Midyear Convention (RMYC) held on September 14-17, 2017 in Ormoc City, Leyte.
The championship went to UPVTC following exemplary results from its student delegates who bagged numerous awards from the different academic and non-academic competitions held during the convention.
Eva Cuizon, a 5th year BS Accountancy (BSA) student, was adjudged as the Most Outstanding Delegate at the RMYC for placing 1st at the Management Advisory Services (MAS) Cup and being a part of the winning team, along with fellow 5th year BSA students Rowena Ediza and Sheena Gelina, at the Audit Case Study Competition.
Dr. Victor Marco Emmanuel Ferriols returned to service as faculty member of the Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas after earning his Ph.D. in Aquatic Bioscience from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. He earned his degree through the Laboratory of Aquatic Natural Products Chemistry under the supervision of Associate Prof. Shigeru Okada, Ph.D. and Prof. Shigeki Matsunaga, Ph.D.
Dr. Ferriols started as a Research Student in October 2012 before he began his Ph.D. in 2013. He received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the same university to continue his Ph.D. project that focused on the Biosynthesis of Isoprenoids in Diatoms.
Dr. Ferriols graduated his B.S. Fisheries degree (magna cum laude) in 2008 and received his M.S. Fisheries Degree in Aquaculture in 2011 from UP Visayas. He was the topnotcher of the Fisheries Technologist Licensure Examination in 2009, getting an average score of 89%. Currently, Dr. Ferriols is handling classes in Genetics and Biochemistry.