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Initiatives, prospects, and challenges in tropical marine biosciences in Jagna Bay, Bohol Island, Philippines
Bernido, C.C.; Halasan, L.C.; Carpio-Bernido, M.V.; Saguil, N.A.; Sadudaquil, J.A.; Salas, R.I.; Nayga, P.N.I.; Baja, P.K.S.; Jumawan, E.J.V. (2017). Initiatives, prospects, and challenges in tropical marine biosciences in Jagna Bay, Bohol Island, Philippines. AIP Conf Proc 1871(1): 060003.
In: AIP Conference Proceedings. American Institute of Physics: New York. ISSN 0094-243X, more

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  • Bernido, C.C.
  • Halasan, L.C.
  • Carpio-Bernido, M.V.
  • Saguil, N.A.
  • Sadudaquil, J.A.
  • Salas, R.I.
  • Nayga, P.N.I.
  • Baja, P.K.S.
  • Jumawan, E.J.V.

    Marine specimens exhibit diversity in structure as an offshoot of their survival and ecological role in marine communities. The shell structure of gastropods, for example, is so diverse that taxonomic classification could hardly catch up with the myriad specimens many of which remain unidentified, nameless, or worse, unrecorded as large numbers become extinct. As a step towards alleviating the lack of comprehensive marine life assessment, we discuss initial studies conducted in Jagna Bay in the northern part of Bohol Sea to determine the level of biodiversity in this locale. The methods of collecting specimens and their identification are discussed as exemplified by a specimen belonging to the genus Cycloscala. Data collected for specimens whose sizes range from around 1 mm to 250 mm helps establish baseline indicators that could determine ecological balance in this area for monitoring longitudinal effects of climate and human intervention. Given the remarkable marine biodiversity, the perennial challenge is to uncover and learn from the biological structure and functions of many marine specimens for possible applications in different emerging technologies. We illustrate this by citing recent examples where our understanding of marine life inspires innovations for tomorrow’s technology.

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