MFI Taps National Scientist to Upgrade Seaweed Culture Practices in North Palawan

Posted: March 20, 2015


Taytay, Palawan - National Scientist Dr. Gavino Trono, known as the Philippines’ "Father of Seaweed Farming", was tapped by Malampaya Foundation Inc. to upgrade seaweeds culture practices in North Palawan in a training held on March 17-20, 2015 for fisherfolk organisations, LGUs from western Taytay and municipality of Linapacan, Western Phils University and independent seaweed farmers.

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Countless challenges face seaweed farming in North Palawan. In the training sessions, Dr. Trono shared the history, scientific knowledge and methodologies for effective culture of high-value seaweeds. A major component of the workshop was field exposure wherein set up of multiple long lines was conducted.


Seaweed farming has been practiced in many coastal areas of the Philippines in a quest to reduce pressure on coastal ecosystems and provide alternative livelihood for fishers. Dr. Trono shared that Indonesia recently overtook the Philippines as number one exporter of cultured seaweeds.


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