College of Applied Sciences and Applied Technology (CASAT)
Empowering the fisherfolks of Ilocos Norte for sustainable development
In response to the economic issues and challenges of the fishing industry, this extension project is a continuation of the training conducted by the college in December 2015. The activity aimed to impart to the Barangay Council Members of La Virgen Milagrosa, Badoc, fisher folks, the officers of other barangay organizations in La Virgen Milagrosa the importance of aquatic resources and management, strengthen their capabilities by equipping them with appropriate aquaculture and post-harvest technologies for livelihood activities, equip them with simple management techniques in fisheries livelihood, and re-orient family values to arrest poverty. The experts of CASAT shared their expertise in the harvesting, transplanting, and management of Euchema Seaweed Production, skills training on the production of seaweed-based food products for livelihood development, and entrepreneurship and financial literacy assisted by selected CBEA faculty members.
SCUBASURERO and Coastal Clean-Up
To capacitate residents of coastal barangays and assist LGU-Currimao in their waste management program, the College thru its Biological Science Department; CASAT thru its Marine Biology Department and the CAFSD thru its Environmental Science Department joined forces for the conduct of the Annual SCUBASURERO 2016 and Coastal Clean-up activity on September 23, 2016 in Currimao, Ilocos Norte. The activity was conducted in celebration of the International Coastal Clean-up.
Licensed scuba divers from the University together with volunteer divers from the Phil. Coast Guard-Special Operations Group (PCG-SOG) and MS Biology students from the Graduate School led the underwater activity. As a result, 30 kilograms of non-biodegradable garbage was collected. In addition, students and faculty members together with personnel from the Phil. Coast Guard-Currimao, Phil. National Police-Currimao Station, 104th Maritime Police, 24th Infantry Battalion of the Phil. Army and Local Government Unit-Currimao also collected a total of 100 kilograms of non-biodegradable materials along the shoreline of Currimao.
A lecture forum and film viewing were conducted after the coastal clean-up activity which focused on coastal resources and solid waste management. The activity was participated by the local officials from the coastal barangays of Currimao at the College of Aquatic Sciences and Applied Technology.
Techno-demo on Aquasilviculture
Funded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the project involved the setting-up of aquasiviculture project to showcase the proper culture of crabs, shrimps, and finfishes in mangrove areas. As a result, the college spearheaded the transplanting of mangrove along riverbanks and perimeter ponds of CASAT. In addition, mangroves were also transplanted in various sites in Badoc, Paoay, Pasuquin, and Burgos, Ilocos Norte.