Scientists from Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Philippines convene in the city to discuss the effects of harmful algal bloom (HAB) observed in each region.

Some 120 researcher scientists from six Asian countries convened in Puerto Princesa City for the 11th East and 4th Philippine Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Conference.

Spearheaded by the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) and National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), the symposium runs from December 11 concluding on the 13th.

DOST secretary Fortunato dela Peña said that the event focuses on the advancement of HAB monitoring, and management pointing out how HAB research helps in the policy framework for better marine resource management.

Palaweño researcher and UP-MSI chief scientist Dr. Deo Onda said that Puerto Princesa City and Palawan were identified as one of the areas most affected by HAB citing how it contributes to economic loss.

“Puerto Princesa City has been infested with the red tide which already has a big impact on economic loss. Our objective is to talk to policymakers and other agencies to discuss the scientific endeavors and on how to come up with an idea to help the locality,” Onda said.

Scientists from neighboring Asian countries are also set to present their research papers tackling the HAB proliferations observed per region.

Researchers from Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines will spend three days discussing HAB effects and provide recommendations on how to curb the “crippling” phenomena.

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