14th National Symposium in Marine Science

Chateau Royal

July 13, 2017 – July 15, 2017



The Philippines, like most other countries, is experiencing growth. With growth comes greater demand on the the environment and more severe effects of consumption patterns. The escalating pressures on marine resources, when coupled with the increased incidents of extreme weather conditions create widespread and complex challenges. Our food security and the health of our ecosystems are threatened. Pathogens have emerged. They are more difficult to control in ecosystems already stressed by anthropogenic activity.

The 14th National Symposium in Marine Science is where we can all come together to meet these challenges through better understanding, and sharing practical and innovative solutions.



Draft Call to Action


14th National Symposium in Marine Science

Philippine Association of Marine Science (July 13-15, 2017)


We, the members of the Philippine Association of Marine Science, together with the communities we closely work with, are committed to help  ensure the health of our lifeline, our seas..  We work to better understand and protect the marine environment.  We determine the status of our marine resources and study the causes and effects of anthropogenic and natural stresses on our marine resources.  The objective is preserving the benefits we derive from them.  We study the biology and ecology of fish, and invertebrates, seaweeds, corals, sea grasses and mangroves to ensure they will provide the good and services we derive from them, sustainably.  We survey people, the markets, the policies and governance structures with the expectation that we can spur actions that will secure our future.  We develop technologies, teach and work in alongside communities, local governments, industry with the hope that our work will improve the lives of many.

Though much has been done to protect the marine environment there is more that needs to be addressed. Consumption patterns and resource use of our exponentially growing continue to threaten the health of the marine environment. Marine pollution and sedimentation from the land or from the sea (e.g. oilspills) have devastating effects on the marine habitat.  Our population that is expected to reach 108 milion in 2020. ____% are expected to be living within ____km of the coastline.  Filipinos derive ____% of the protein in their diet from fish and fisheries products. _____% of our GDP depends on fisheries and aquaculture related sectors.  The ____# centers of commerce and industry which fuel our economy and attract ___% of our population are found on the coasts.  Over _____# small scale fishers, who are considered the poorest in our society, reside here.  The degradation of our resources is aggravated by the effects of climate change, natural disasters and calamities.

We call for greater participation and commitment from the marine science community and its partners in the government, NGO, industry and the general public in the following areas:

A. Recruitment and training of manpower into basic degree and advanced degree education in marine science, skills upgrading and technical training at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels and seasoned practitioners.  We call for support for efforts ranging from internships and outreach to high schools, formal degree training at the graduate and undergraduate levels, professional training programs and for specialized skills and technology trainings.

B. Fast track the dissemination and integration of results from research in a timely manner and the translation of this results for use in policy, industry and the development of new science projects. The urgency of the need for the products from research cannot be understated. The greater part of the investment in research is in the collection and generation of data.  Data has to be analyzed, interpreted and communicated  downstream to its users to provide science-based policy and transfer new technologies.  We must remember that the value of data depreciates with time.  And that delays have opportunity costs.  We call for greater effort to ensure quick information and technology transfer in a format useful to non-scientists.

Data has to be curated to ensure values beyond project lifetimes.  We call for support to hasten the release of the products of research and  support for development of data curation systems for integrated data analysis.

C. Develop partnerships for collaboration and synergy among researchers and research institutions – Resources in its many forms – financial, human resources, infrastructure and networks - are in short supply for addressing the challenges in marine science.  No one institution is sufficient in all that is required.  We call for mechanisms to support partnerships development and the building of synergy through opportunities to work together.

D. Develop research, technology and training programs anchored on the concept of building green economies for the marine environment.  Reducing environment risks, ecological scarcities and the degradation effects of human activities are the aims of sustainable development.  Much of the issues of consumption and resource utilization is associated with energy use and materials cycling. Concerns over    We have to build the green economy concept and long term plan in the programs and projects we implement.

E.   Value of our biodiversity and natural heritage and be prudent in the handling of them especially given their current values and potential values, within and beyond our national jurisdiction. Our biodiversity sustains our ecosystems and are the basis of food and livelihood of many Filipinos.   It is our duty to make sure we maintain sovereignty of the use of these resources and enjoy the benefits derived from them.

We support our national institutions, the Department of Science and Technology, through its different research councils, the Department of Agriculture, through its Bureau of Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the Biodiversity Management Bureau’s projects and programs.  We recognize their multiple roles in the management of various aspects of the marine environment.

In addition we propose the creation of the Department of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences where the concerns of the marine environment may be the main focus from a more wholistic perspective.

Posted: 2017-07-14

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Posted: 2017-07-08

Message from the PAMS President Dr. Ma. Carmen Ablan Lagman (June 14, 2017)


Hi Everyone,

It is just about a month to our PAMS 14. I hope everyone is busy preparing for their participation. This year's event features the theme "Innovations to meet the challenge of growth". We have gathered together thought leaders who will share with us their ideas and plans for the development of science and technology for development in the Philippines Our request to them is to tell us how we, a 300 strong association with members from the academe, LGU's and NGA's, NGO's and industry can contribute to these efforts of nation building. Attached is the tentative program. We are still working on it but we are getting there.

We have about 200 oral presentations and 50 poster presentations at this meeting. The submissions in both categories are something to look forward to. We have purposely made the categories very broad to solicit from the presenters their idea of the issue to which they are making their contribution and promote greater heterogeneity in the audience of the presentations. We are happy to report that we can look forward to presentation where the biological and physical scientists researchers, the more management and more research inclined, the more laboratory and more field based participants will be sitting in the same sessions.

By now, you would have received your notifications of acceptance and formal letters of invitation. Should there be conflicts in the notices in categories, please follow the category of your original submission unless acknowledged. We are working on a common database of entries which the wonderful TechTeam organizes. Should there be issues, do please send email to pams14innovation@gmail.com. When it comes into my email, it can get buried in the day to day.

We introduced two 'innovations' at this meeting - the speed talks and the after conference training. We hoped the speed talks will allow presenters to have more time for discussion on their papers. We hope to have ideas, collaboration, integration etc...discourse can happen right after the talks for further development during coffee breaks and down time? It's usually the case that 3 minutes after talks are note enough for this. It's heartening to see a few take the challenge to do this. Do note that student oral competitions will all be using the standard talk format.

The after conference training will feature a full day of sessions on either digital field data collection and data presentation using Cybertracker/GIS or the basics of multivariate statistics using RStudio and R Rattle. There are 50 slots for this one day free training. Participants are requested to bring their own computers with at least 4MB memory, and for Cybertracker sessions, mobile phones which you can configure. All these software are open source.

Two side events have been organized on the second day - a book launching by GTZ and a marine science and management discussion by Dr. Alino's team. A sign-up sheet for these will be organized and again slots are limited.

Finally, we are currently figuring a Call to Action from PAMS 14. WE hope to come up with drafts of soDo send your suggestions to pams14innovation@gmail.com

We are excited for this 3-days of meeting, greeting and learning! We look forward to seeing you. Note that early bird registration is up until the June 15. Do take advantage of this opportunity !

Posted: 2017-06-20
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