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The ecological impacts of aquaculture and climate change in the Philippines

Anson Mackay at Manila research symposium

The ecological impacts of aquaculture and climate change in the Philippines

On 18-23 May, Professor Anson Mackay was invited to the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, to help put together a new proposal to investigate growing concerns about intensive aquaculture and climate change in the Philippines and their impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The Philippines is one of the most hazard-prone countries in SE Asia, and also has one of the highest concentrations of lakes. There is therefore outstanding potential to provide long-term historical perspectives, although virtually no palaeolimnological records exist.

The first three days were spent visiting crater lakes on the island of Luzan, many of which are intensively exploited with fish farms. This was followed by a proposal planning workshop and a mini-symposium, during which Anson spoke about the potential of using isotopic proxies for environmental reconstructions.


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Fish farming on Lake Mohicap, the Philippines


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