College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS)

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES VISAYAS
COLLEGE OF FISHERIES AND OCEAN SCIENCES

INSTITUTE OF MARINE FISHERIES AND OCEANOLOGY

IMFO was created as one of the units of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences which is mandated to offer excellent academic programs, high-quality research, and extension in the fields of capture fisheries.

VISION AND MISSION

VISION

A dynamic center of excellence in the field of capture fisheries and ocean sciences.

MISSION

  • Provide quality education in the field of capture fisheries and ocean sciences.
  • Generate information and technology relevant to capture fisheries and ocean sciences.
  • Promote the application of appropriate and sustainable technologies for responsible capture fisheries.
  • Strengthen manpower capability in marine fisheries and ocean sciences.
  • Undertake research programs to generate information for fisheries, ocean management, and policy information.
  • Contribute to the generation and application of appropriate sustainable technologies for marine fisheries and ocean sciences.
  • Conduct information drive on marine environmental protection and marine resource conservation.

WHO WE ARE

FACULTY MEMBERS

DR. CRISTY S. ACABADO

Assistant Professor 6 and IMFO Director

Field of Expertise: Biological Oceanography, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Planktology, Coral Reef

Educational attainment: Ph.D. Biodiversity
National Taiwan University/Academia Sinica, 2021, M.Sc. Biology, UP Visayas, 2011, B.Sc. Biology, UP Visayas, 2007

Contact Information: csacabado@up.edu.ph
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DR. HAROLD M. MONTECLARO

Professor 3 and CFOS Dean

Field of Expertise: Physiology, Fish Sensory Biology and Behavior, Capture Fisheries, Fisheries Resource Assessment and Management, Aquatic Toxicology

Educational attainment: Ph.D. Fisheries Science Kagoshima University, 2011, M.Sc. Fisheries Biology UP Visayas, 2007, B.Sc. Fisheries (Marine Fisheries) UPV Visayas, 1995

Contact Information: hmmonteclaro@up.edu.ph
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DR. RICARDO P. BABARAN

Professor 12

Field of Expertise: Capture Fisheries, Fisheries Resource Management, Fishing Gear Technology, Coastal Engineering, Sensory Biology and Fish Behavior

Educational attainment: Ph.D. Fisheries Science Kagoshima University, 2009, M.Sc. Oceanography University of Washington, 1989, B.Sc. Fisheries UP Diliman, 1984

Contact Information: rpbabaran@upv.edu.ph
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DR. NATHANIEL C. AÑASCO

Professor 8

Field of Interest: Marine Chemistry, Marine Pollution, Marine Ecotoxicology, Water Quality, Fisheries Biology, Fisheries Statistics, Marine Tropics

Educational attainment:  Ph.D. Fisheries Science Kagoshima University, 2010, M.Sc. Fisheries Science and Technology Kagoshima University, 2007, M.Sc. Fisheries (Fisheries Biology) UP Visayas, 2001, B.Sc. Biology UPV College Cebu, 1993

Contact Information: ncanasco1@up.edu.ph
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DR. SHEILA MAE S. SANTANDER- DE LEON

Associate Professor 6

Field of Expertise: Bioremediation, Benthos and Benthic Communities, Fisheries Oceanography, Ecology

Educational attainment: Ph.D. Fisheries Science, Kagoshima University, 2013, M.Sc. Marine Science, UP Marine Science Institute, 2007, B.Sc. Fisheries, UP Visayas, 2000

Contact Information: sssantanderdeleon@up.edu.ph
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ASST. PROF. KARLO H. PRIMAVERA

Assistant Professor 5

Field of Expertise: Geochemical Oceanography, Physical Oceanography, Seawater Chemistry

Educational attainment: M.Sc. Marine Science
UP Marine Science, 2008, B.Sc. Chemistry, UP Visayas, 1999

Contact Information: khprimavera@upv.edu.ph
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ASST. PROF. JERRY IAN L. LEONIDA

Assistant Professor 2

Field of Expertise: Aquatic Invertebrates, Fisheries Stock Assessment, Capture Fisheries, Reproductive Biology

Educational attainment: European M.Sc. in Marine, Environment and Resources (Erasmus mundus), Univ. Southampton, Univ. Bordeaux, Univ. Liege, Univ. Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unib., 2019, B.Sc. Fisheries, UP Visayas, 2014

Contact Information: jlleonida@up.edu.ph
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ASST. PROF. JONALYN P. MATEO

Assistant Professor 2

Field of Expertise: Marine Fisheries, Marine Plants/ Aquatic Flora and Fauna, Marine Benthic Ecology

Educational attainment: M.Sc. Fisheries Biology, UP Visayas, 2019, B.Sc. Fisheries, UPV Visayas, 2010

Contact Information: jpmateo@up.edu.ph
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ASST. PROF. DOMINIQUE P. MEDIODIA

Assistant Professor 1

Field of Expertise: Fish Taxonomy and Systematics, Geospatial Technologies, Ichthyology, GIS (Geographic Information System)

Educational attainment: M.Sc. Fisheries Biology, UP Visayas, 2017, B.Sc. Fisheries, UP Visayas, 2013

Contact Information: dpmediodia@up.edu.ph
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Mr. CHRISTIAN JAMES C. MORALES

Instructor 3

Field of Expertise: Marine Fisheries, Reproductive Biology, Fishing Gear Technology

Educational attainment: M.Sc. Fisheries Biology, UP Visayas, 2020, B.Sc. Fisheries, Cagayan State University, 2016

Contact Information: ccmorales2@up.edu.ph
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Mr. EDCEL R. SUDARIA

Instructor 3

Field of Expertise: Marine Fisheries, Fishing Gear Technology, Aquatic Flora and Fauna

Educational attainment: B.Sc. Fisheries , UPV Visayas, 2013

Contact Information: ersudaria@up.edu.ph
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RESEARCH, EXTENSION and PROFESSIONAL STAFF (REPS)

Ms. Gency L. Guirhem

University Research Associate I

Ms. Ma. Shirley M. Golez

University Research Associate II

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

MS. HELEN U. MONTECLARO

Administrative Officer ​

MS. ESTELA A. FACON

Administrative Assistant

MS. JESI MARIE T. ALACRE

Administrative Aide

MS. MARIANNE N. NEODAMA

Administrative Aide

LABORATORY STAFF – FC

MR. NOE M. PAGUNTALAN

Aquacultural Technician

LABORATORY STAFF – BUILDING 1

MR. ERNESTO M. CALDERON JR.

Third Mate

MR. FLORENTINO B. DELIG JR.

Machinist

LABORATORY STAFF – BUILDING 2

MR. SOFRONIO D. PEÑA

Aquacultural Technician

MR. DAVID ULYSIS N. ARBIZO

Marine Engineman

EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES

The research framework of the institute of aquaculture includes environment-friendly aquaculture, health management, and precision aquaculture. Most of the research projects focused on the following commodities: milkfish, shrimp, mussel, mudcrab, tilapia, micro- and macroalgae, few marine species, and aquafeeds.

The institute had accumulated 408M peso-funding since 2011 from different sources such as the Department of Science and Technology, UP, CHED, private sectors, and etc. 29 out 61 (48%) research projects were able to acquire equipment for the capacity building of CFOS.