|Town/Region||Bacolod, Kauswagan, Tubod|
|Categories||Biodiversity, Fishes, Marine|
|Date||29 Nov 2018|
This study takes precedence in assessing habitats of key species of seahorses and pipefishes in Mindanao. The Island of Mindanao, remained unexplored to some extent due to existing security threats on some areas. This left many organisms unstudied and undocumented. Loss in populations is inevitable and for some organisms they died with no data on their existence while others are heavily exploited without knowledge on how to alleviate pressure on wild populations, address genetic diversity and conservation.
This study will employ DNA barcoding for diversity assessment especially for problematic/complex species (e.g. Hippocampus kuda). Fractal Analysis of populations based on images will be used as predictors of vulnerability, to understand and monitor populations. Construction of Photographic guide will aide in community awareness and information drive for conservation efforts. Moreover, community outreach and awareness discussions through focal group discussions (FGDs) will be done to educate local stakeholders on diversity and conservation.
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