Abalone and seaweed trainees from Northern Marianas

Clipboard01 Eight trainees from the Northern Mariana Islands participated in a Specialized Training on Abalone (Haliotis asinina) Nursery & Grow-out Culture and Seaweed (Gracilaria) Farming last February 16 to 21.

Aside from the lectures and practicals at TMS, the trainees also visited DBS to witness a milkfish harvest, and IMS for practicals on abalone cage-culture operations.

The trainees were composed of Hon. Jose San Nicolas, Mayor of the Municipality of Tinian; Mr. Ross Hugh Manglona, Northern Marianas College (NMC) Cooperative Research Education & Extension Services Director; Michael Ogo, NMC Grouper Project Principal Investigator; and five other staff from the Municipality of Tinian.
The training was initiated when Mr. Manglona of NMC visited AQD last year to survey technologies in preparation for their collaborative project with the LGU of Tinian.

Mayor San Nicolas will return to AQD in March and plans to bring more of his staff in June for training on tissue culture.

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