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The marine biogeography of Ragay Gulf and Burias Pass, Philippines Public Deposited

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  • Ragay Gulf and Burias Pass are among the traditional fishing grounds of the country being considered by the government for an integrated approach to fishery management (Smith, et al., 1980; Samson, et al., 1977, World Bank, 1976). The Department of Marine Fisheries, College of Fisheries, University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) in cooperation with the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ), and under the financial auspices of the National Science and Technology Authority (NSTA) and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), was awarded a contract to do a multidisciplinary research survey of the area from November, 1981 to February, 1983 under the aegis of the NSTA-MNR-UPVCF Project no. 8203 Ag. "Assessment of Trawlable Areas in the Philippines II- Ragay Gulf, Burias Pass, Ticao Pass, and Waters North of Samar Sea." To date, much of what remains to be done involves the processing and analyses of the volumes of research data accumulated by this project. The main objective of the above research was to assess the status of the fishery resources of the area for the rational management of the commercial and subsistence fishing industry. However, much of the basic information generated by this multidisciplinary research can be used for other purposes as well. This paper is a contribution to this extensive research effort. Specifically, the objectives of this research are as follows: 1) to understand the seasonal monsoons and local topography and how they affect the environmental processes and patterns in Ragay Gulf and Burias Pass, 2) to determine the biogeographic distribution of ichthyoplankton in the Ragay Guif-Burias Pass area and their relationship with their fluid environment, and 3) based on the above fmdings, identify potential sites that are suitable for the establishment of fish sanctuaries.
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