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The establishment of the NICER program for sea cucumber in MSU Naawan supports the harmonized National R&D Agenda 2017-2022 for sea cucumber.

Sea Cucumber Research and Development

The establishment of the NICER program for sea cucumber in MSU Naawan supports the harmonized National R&D Agenda 2017-2022 for sea cucumber. The program would enhance past and current R&D efforts in sea cucumber production for both food and livelihood of coastal fisherfolks in Mindanao.

The program will provide venue for training researchers and technical staff of other HEIs, regional BFAR offices, and LGUs, and also entrepreneurs and people’s organizations as potential beneficiaries. Moreover, the NICER can be a strategic platform for IEC and public awareness of conserving biodiversity and sustainable sea cucumber fisheries.

Project 1

Fisheries Assessment of sea cucumbers in Mindanao

Project 2

Ecology, Biology, and Genetic Diversity of the White Teatfish, H. fuscogilva in Mindanao

Project 3

Development of Mariculture Technology and Stock Enhancement Protocol for the White Teatfish, H. fuscogilva

Project 4

Refinement of culture production of the sandfish, Holothuria scabra (Jaeger 1833) in Mindanao

Our Amazing Team

Project leaders of the Sea Cucumber Research and Development Center

Elgen Arriesgado

elgen.arriesgado@msunaawan.edu.ph Project 1

Dr. Venus Leopardas

venus.leopardas@msunaawan.edu.ph Project 2

Dr. Dan Arriesgado

dan.arriesgado@msunaawan.edu.ph Project 3

Dr. Wilfredo Uy

wilfredo.uy@msunaawan.edu.ph Project 4