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The Western Philippines University is a state higher education institution located at Aborlan, Palawan. The University began as the Aborlan Farm Settlement School for the Tagbanuas in 1910. It became the Aborlan Agricultural High School in 1928 and the Palawan Regional Agricultural School in 1960. It was renamed Palawan National School in 1962 and became the Palawan National Agricultural College in 1963. Its name was again changed to State Polytechnic College of Palawan in 1995 by virtue of RA 8012, and in 2004, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed RA 9260 converting it to Western Philippines University. Wikipedia.


Dolorosa R.G.,University of East Anglia | Dolorosa R.G.,Western Philippines University | Grant A.,University of East Anglia | Gill J.A.,University of East Anglia
Reviews in Fisheries Science | Year: 2013

Intentional release of wild-caught individuals has been widely used to establish new populations of the commercially valuable but threatened reef gastropod Trochus niloticus in oceanic islands. Is this also a viable strategy to enhance depleted populations of this species and other marine invertebrates? We monitored growth and survival of 765 translocated individuals and 486 in their original habitat for 5-9 months. Individuals translocated to a severely overexploited reef (mainland Palawan) grew 2-3 times faster than those at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Phillipines. Despite variations in growth between the three sites, survival probabilities were consistently high, ranging between 0.77 and 0.92. So translocation is feasible, and sites at which a species has previously been found are likely to be suitable for their growth and survival. If site management can control over-fishing, this approach is likely to be a valuable tool for enhancing field populations of a large invertebrates like Trochus that have a short lived planktonic larva. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Source


Dolorosa R.G.,Western Philippines University | Conales S.F.,Tubbataha Management Office | Bundal N.A.,Tubbataha Management Office
Atoll Research Bulletin | Year: 2013

The horned helmet Cassis cornuta, a protected species in some countries, is one of the largest reef gastropods that had been traditionally collected for food and for its shells as ornaments. In the Philippines, this protected species is rarely seen in habitats close to human settlement. However, in a protected area like the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), C. cornuta are commonly encountered at the vicinity of the Ranger Station. With a dearth of information about this giant reef gastropod, notes on marked-recaptured C. cornuta in TRNP were taken from December 2009 until January 2011; and its trade was noted through surveys of some souvenir shops in Puerto Princesa City. Most of the sampled C. cornuta were large, suggesting the absence of exploitation at the study site. Regression analyses suggest that the shell's dimensions are significant determinants of body weight. Growth rates declined as shell size increased. Although exploitation of C. cornuta is prohibited under the Philippine law, their shells were openly displayed for sale in a number of souvenir shops in Puerto Princesa City. Given the limited area covered in this study, a nationwide survey is needed to fully document its status in the wild and the extent of its trade. Information on population, growth, survival, other aspects of its biology and its exploitation are needed in proposing a more relevant conservation measure for this vanishing giant reef gastropod. Source


Dolorosa R.G.,Western Philippines University | Werding B.,Justus Liebig University
Bulletin of Marine Science | Year: 2014

A mangrove-inhabiting porcelain crab, Enosteoides philippinensis sp. nov., is described based on material collected from Palawan Island, the Philippines. It is the fifth species of the genus and different from its congeners in having an extremely setose body, one to five spines on the proximal half of the outer margin of the chela, two lobes on the anterior margin of the basal article of the antennular peduncle, and two to four strong spines on the mesobranchial regions. © 2014 Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami. Source


Sopsop L.B.,Western Philippines University | Buot I.E.,Institute of Biological Science
Journal of Environmental Science and Management | Year: 2011

An interview of the direct users of the forest ecosystem in Aborlan Guba System was conducted to determine their socioeconomic characteristics and to examine and understand the role of Non-wood forest products (NWFP) in their household economy. The direct users of the forest were poor Indigenous Peoples and migrants from the Visayas region who were dependent on the NWFP as their immediate source of income; this is to support their basic needs and the education of their children. Harvesting practices by these local people were observed as non sustainable. If ilization practices continue unregulated, these resources are projected to become in danger. This will also endanger the life of the direct users, especially the Tagbanuas whose way of life is intimately connected with the Aborlan Guba System. The local government unit of Aborlan and other organizations should help create employment opportunities for the local people and help strengthen the community's farming system practices to increase their income. The people must be empowered to maximize their full potentials in exploring various livelihood opportunities without depleting the forest resources. Source


Maeda K.,Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology | Palla H.P.,Western Philippines University
Zootaxa | Year: 2015

Palawan is an island in the western Philippines, and the freshwater fish fauna of this island has received limited research attention. In the present study, a new goby species, Stiphodon palawanensis, is described on the basis of 57 specimens collected from freshwater streams on the island. This species can be distinguished from its congeners by having nine seg-mented rays in the second dorsal fin, 15 rays in the pectoral fin, a pointed first dorsal fin in males, premaxilla with 45-71 tricuspid teeth, the nape and posterior half of the occipital region covered by cycloid scales, 9-11 dusky transverse bars laterally on the trunk and tail, a line of black blotches (in male) or a black band (in female) on the distal part of the second dorsal fin, and the first dorsal and pectoral fins lacking distinctive markings. The new species has been found only on the Sulu Sea side of central Palawan. Three congeners, S. percnopterygionus, S. atropurpureus, and S. pulchellus have also been recorded from Palawan. Copyright © 2015 Magnolia Press. Source

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