Fifty-two (52) existing and four (4) newly hired data enumerators and analysts under the National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP) of CALABARZON attended a five-day training on Stock Assessment Tools and Techniques last July 18-22 at La Resio Lakeside Resort, Brgy. Tadlac, Los Baños, Laguna. 

The training standardized the implementation procedures and methodologies of stock assessment that are vital in the management and conservation of resources for sustainable development in six (6) major fishing grounds, namely: Tayabas Bay, Lamon Bay, Calatagan/Balayan Bay, Nasugbu Bay, Batangas Bay, and Ragay Gulf.

Resource Speaker Mr. Gaston V. Nieves, Jr. of BFAR-National Capital Region discussed the Fishing Operations in the Philippines and Fishing Boat and Gear Identification.  Mr. Christopher H. Bautista from the Municipal Agriculture Office of Lobo, Batangas and Senior NSAP Data Enumerators Mrs. Arlene A. España and Jesusa P. Balbin shared their expertise on Common Fish Families and Species: Pelagic and Demersal and Common Invertebrates Species (Mollusks, Crustaceans, Echinoderms, etc.,). Data Analysts of NSAP Calabarzon discussed the Basic Principles in Fish Stock Assessment, Fish Catch Monitoring and Sampling Methods, Introduction to Fish Morphology and Taxonomic Tools for Species Identification.

The participants were capacitated through practical and written exams on fish morphology, external anatomy, species identification, and fish catch monitoring and sampling methods. (PMALRoque)