CLSU Institutes Guideline for a Sustainable Aquatic Harvest on the Campus
To ensure that the food harvested on campus coming from the aquatic ecosystem is sustainable, the CLSU Board of Regents (BOR) recently approved the BOR Resolution No. 45-2021 or the Guideline on Food from Aquatic Ecosystem last September 20, 2021, during their 3rd quarter meeting.
According to Dr. Ravelina R. Velasco, it intends to achieve a sustainable harvest in aquatic ecosystems in the University. She also highlighted that under this new guideline, the practice of harvesting multi-species of freshwater fish will be done in an environmentally sustainable way to secure access to this species in the future instead of being endangered or extinct.
The guideline has nine sections that elucidate the processes to attain sustainable harvest in aquatic resources. In a nutshell, it covers proper education in choosing fish, proper farming management, adaptive management, good water management plan, good record keeping, an interdisciplinary and participatory approach, education and public awareness programs, applying reasonable practices, and harvesting and marketing practices.
Further, it is subject to strict compliance with regards to the rules and regulations of the Philippine National Standard: Code of Good Aquaculture Practices for Milkfish and Tilapia as issued by the Department of Agriculture.
The University will implement this BOR-approved guideline with the College of Fisheries and Center for Freshwater and Aquatic as key players.
This initiative addresses one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), specifically, the SDG 14 Life below water or the conservation and sustainability in the use of the oceans, seas, and marine resources.