AQD inks agreement with Misamis Occidental

Another Philippine province teams up with AQD with the signing of an agreement between AQD Chief Joebert Toledo and Misamis Occidental Governor Loreto Leo Ocampos last January 31 at the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP).

Board Members Dello Lood, Jimmy Regalado, Estela Obut as well as AQD Research Division Head Dr. Evelyn Grace de Jesus-Ayson were present to witness the signing.

Under the agreement, which is effective for two years, AQD shall transfer the technologies on integrated grouper hatchery and culture and fishery resources management. AQD will provide a technician as well as train the province's technical staff and support the development of mariculture in Misamis Occidental. Impact assessment studies will be conducted as well.

On the part of Misamis Occidental, the government shall provide logistical support, initiate action from the grassroots level, allow AQD's use of MOAP for researchers and technical staff, and enact policies for the development of a sustainable aquaculture industry in the province.

An amount of P6,661,395 will be appropriated by the province for the implementation of mariculture projects which will include the construction of hatchery and grow-out facilities.

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