Aklan State University, Banga, Aklan
4-6 July 2019


It is with great pleasure and excitement that we, the Philippine Association of Marine Science Officers 2017-2019, cordially invite you to the 15th National Symposium in Marine Science to be held at the Aklan State University, Banga, Aklan on July 4-6, 2019 with the theme “Fostering synergy of science, community and governance for healthy seas.”

As PAMS continues to undertake the task of promoting growth in marine science in the country, the PAMS15 will focus on highlighting the complex people-sea relationship and look more closely on the ways by which we can address the growing issues and risks to food security, biodiversity, and community resilience. For this singular challenge, we invite you to be a member of PAMS as it aims to provide a venue for workers in marine science and allied areas of specialization to link and network among local and international institutions. This is envisioned to catalyze deeper collaboration vital to advancing knowledge on tropical marine and coastal ecosystems and applying trans-disciplinary action and advocacy to aid our ailing seas and coastal communities.

Join us on July 4-6, 2019 in Aklan and be part of the 15th National Symposium in Marine Science! Your participation as stakeholders for the agenda of synergy in science, governance and community for healthy seas are most welcome.

We look forward to seeing you and co-create closer partnerships with you for a successful PAMS15 and beyond!

Very truly yours,

Yasmin H. Primavera-Tirol
President, PAMS 15

(November 2018)

It is PAMS15's aim to emphasize that healthy seas provide us more benefits such as livelihood resources, food, genetic, cultural and aesthetic values. Sustaining these benefits entail harmony of people and the environment – understanding that the sea is finite and there is a need for good science to inform management at all levels of governance.

In line with this PAMS15's theme, the logo symbolizes the strategic cooperation between the scientific community and the different facets of the government to achieve wholesome and sustainable seas.

The lower half signifies the ocean while the upper half shows the diversity of marine life and their interconnectivity with food security and environmental resilience.

Each of the halves meet at the center forming a handshake embodying the common understanding of the government, private sector, NGOs, and especially the Filipino masses on the protection, management, and overall conservation of the oceans.

Lastly, the hues used also represent the colors of the sea at the break of dawn, signifying a new chapter for a more hopeful, scientific, and community-oriented future of the Philippine seas.

11 November 2018

Call for abstracts opens
Call for side events opens

15 November 2018

Early bird registration opens

15 December 2018

Call for side events closes

31 January 2019

Abstract submission closes

28 February 2019

Early bird registration closes

31 March 2019

Travel grant application closes; Extended abstract submission closes


(15 Nov 2018 - 28 Feb 2019)


(After 28 Feb 2019)


(4 July 2019 onwards)


PhP 2,200

PhP 3,200

PhP 4,000


PhP 1,200

PhP 2,200

PhP 3,000

Registration fee includes the symposium kit, lunch, and snacks.


New Membership

PhP 500


PhP 200


Everyone is encouraged to use the online registration platform for the payment of the registration fee. The online registration will be open on 15 November 2018 and will close on 4 July 2019. Afterwards, the registration to the symposium is only possible on-site at the registration desk paid by cash.

Options for payment are as follows:

    • Online registration platform. View the registration guidelines here.
    • Via telegraphic transfer
    • By cheque payment
  • If you would like to pay the fee through telegraphic transfer or issuance of cheque, kindly contact the Secretariat for more details. Please note that participants shall shoulder all related bank charges when paying through telegraphic transfer.

Aligned with the Symposium’s theme, session and workshop topics related to innovation, integration and impact will be selected to highlight and strengthen conservation and protection initiatives. The Symposium widely encourages collaboration of key players - academe, management practitioners, non-government offices, national and local policy-makers, private sector and coastal communities.

Novel research methods and technologies

Features innovations in instrumentation, software development, field and lab methods, and data analyses

SMART fisheries and aquaculture

Showcases advancements in fisheries and aquaculture, e.g., methods, efficiency, sustainability, automation, safety, and health

Species, communities and ecosystems

Highlights studies across multiple levels of organization including new species reports, research on biodiversity and systematics, as well as ecosystem studies and status reports

Land-sea interactions

Emphasizes the critical connectivity of land- and sea-based activities, processes, and interventions

Ecosystem connectivity

Covers studies on integrated marine ecosystems

People and nature

Showcases the connection of people with their environment including Citizen Science, community-based resources management, indigenous knowledge systems, education and advocacy campaigns on marine-related issues

Marine resources governance and management

Covers current studies, programs and issues on marine and coastal environments and the related scientific, civic and government interventions conducted

Global and local ocean stressors

Includes researches on climate change, ecosystem resilience, marine pollution and toxicology, emerging pollutants, and disease outbreaks


Aklan is situated in the Western Visayas region. The province is famous for its natural beauty and rich culture, a remarkable place in the Philippines that has made a clear-cut mark in the world map when it comes to attracting tourists, particularly the Ati-atihan Festival.

Aklan is naturally endowed with 709 ha of primary forests within its 1,817 km2 total land area. Aklan’s coastline stretches about 155 km along its 11 coastal municipalities which include the mangroves of Ibajay and Kalibo, the unique estuaries of Batan and New Washington, the seagrass and corals of Tangalan and Malay, and the natural attractions of Boracay Island.


PAMS15 will be held at Aklan State University on July 2019. ASU is considered as one of the institutions of learning in Western Visayas, and envisioned to be an Academic Pillar of Excellence (APEx) for Sustainable Development. The ASU College of Fisheries and Marine Sciences is happy and excited to host the PAMS15, being aligned to its objectives on improved environment awareness and coastal resource rehabilitation.


The 15th National Symposium on Marine Science was organized by the Philippine Association of Marine Science and Aklan State University, with support from the Provincial Government of Aklan, DENR-UNDP SMARTSeas PH ProjectOceana, DA-BFAR National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Management Office, DOST- Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, South East Asian Fisheries Development Center- Aquaculture Department, Rare Philippines, and Marine Environment and Resources Foundation, Inc.


Yasmin Primavera-Tirol
Romeo Dizon
VP for Luzon
Jon Altamirano
VP for Visayas
Richard Muallil
VP for Mindanao
Karen Villarta
Hazel Arceo
Eleanor Aurellado
Norievill España