Advances in HAB Research, Monitoring and Management

December 11 - 13, 2019

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines


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11th EASTHAB Symposium
​Recurrent large scale Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have been experienced in Asian waters particularly during the last decades. The potential harmful effects have stimulated concerns from the adjacent countries. National and regional studies  towards improved HAB understanding,  monitoring and management have been increasing and collaborating representatives from China, Japan and Korea agreed in August 2004 to have regular symposium  and meetings on the phenomenon and to have the 1st  East HAB meeting in Jeju, Korea in December 2004.  The 2nd, 3rd , 4th and 5th meetings/symposia were held in the Qingdao China, Nagasaki, Japan, Changwon Korea and Hangzhou, China, respectively, and focused on the dynamics of targeted species in East Asian waters. The Philippines was an invited observer during the 2nd meeting and became a new East HAB member country upon unanimous agreement during the 6th meeting in Tokyo, Japan in 2008. The members decided to have the meeting/symposium biannually from the 7th meeting in Bohol, Philippines in 2011. The 8th, 9th and 10th meetings were hosted by Korea, China and Japan in 2013, 2015 and 2017 respectively. The main objective of the East HAB is to share information and discuss recent advances in research, monitoring and management of HABs among scientists in the region.​
4th National HAB Conference
HABs that are commonly or collectively called by many Filipinos as “Red Tides” were first reported in the Samar-Leyte areas in 1983-1984. These toxic Pyrodinium blooms and other HABs were then experienced in other areas. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd National HAB Conference were hosted by University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UPMSI) in 2002, 2008 and 2011, respectively in order to stimulate studies and enhance monitoring and management of the apparently increasing HABs in the Philippines, a country whose territory is 70% water (30% land). Despite the decrease or absence of poisoning cases in some areas where the main causative organisms still bloom, the number of areas affected by this and other type of toxic blooms has increased. Likewise, areas affected by Fish kills associated with HABs have escalated recently and new causative organisms identified. Participants have been representatives from government agencies, local government units, private organizations, and members of the academe.
*The logo for the conference is inspired by the plates of the dinoflagellate Pyrodinium bahamense  combined with the letter H, A, and B in the Philippine ancient script called baybayin  

Rhodora V. Azanza, Chair

Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman

Aletta T. Yñiguez

Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman

Deo Florence Onda

Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman

Lilibeth Salvador-Reyes

Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman

Floredel Dangan-Galon

Marine Science Laboratory, Palawan State University - Main Campus

Marc Lawrence Romero

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Central, Department of Agriculture

Elsa Furio

National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, Department of Agriculture

Lota A. Creencia

Western Philippines University

Miraflor P. Sanchez

Marine Environment and Resources Foundation, Inc.


Jeremiah Batucan, UP MSI

Paolo Calalang, UP MSI

Kreighton Cardona, UP MSI

Manuel Justin Costado, UP MSI

Maria Anna Michaela De La Cruz, UP MSI

Rica Dungog, UP MSI

Rodrigo Narod Eco, UP MSI

Estrelita Flores, UP MSI

Erika Gernato, UP MSI

Julius Gopez, UP MSI

Zabrina Malto, UP MSI

Jhenelyn Mendoza, UP MSI

Janine Mae Novelero, UP MSI

Andalus Punongbayan, UP MSI

Sammy Santos, UP MSI

Maria Ysabel Wang, UP MSI


Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources

Central Office

Department of Agriculture

University of the Philippines


Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Biodiversity Management Bureau

Department of Science and Technology

Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development

Province of Palawan

City of Puerto Princesa

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