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TACLOBAN CITY—The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Eastern Visayas has endorsed a proposal for the establishment of a research center for fisheries and aquatic resources in the region.
The research center is envisioned to develop innovative approaches in technology, environment and socioeconomic resources in managing three niche commodities in the region, namely, green mussels, oysters, including rock oyster, and blue swimming crab.
The establishment of the Eastern Visayas Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Research and Development Center will entail a budget of P109 million, where over P101 million will come from the Department of Science and Technology, for its five-year operation.
The Samar State University (SSU), based in Catbalogan City, where the proposed research center will be established, will provide a counterpart of P6.5 million, while the remaining amount will be sourced from other partner agencies.
The SSU already has an existing university program called Center for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Research and Development, which is doing research on fisheries and aquatic resources and disseminating information on challenges and opportunities in the fisheries sector.