VOLUME 6 NUMBER 2 (July to December 2013)

Phil. Sci. Lett. 2013 6 (2) 198-203
available online: November 15, 2013

* Corresponding author
Email Address: mudjiesantos@yahoo.com
Submitted: April 18, 2013
Revised: August 20, 2013
Accepted: August 21, 2013

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First report of Awaous ocellaris ingoby fry or "ipon" fishery in NorthernLuzon, Philippines

by Angelli Marie Jacynth M. Asis1, Altair B. Agmata1, Billy JoelCatacutan1, Romeo Culasing2 and Mudjekeewis D. Santos1*

1Genetic Fingerprinting Laboratory, National Fisheries Research and Development Institute,
  Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
2Cagayan State University, Aparri Cagayan

Goby fry found in Northern Luzon, commonlycalled "ipon", is an important fishery in thePhilippines that is threatened by increasingdemand and exploitation of the resource. Thecontinuing decline of the "ipon" population callsfor effective fisheries management and conservation.Unfortunately, effective management efforts are hindered by theunresolved identities of the goby fry species which comprise"ipon". Here, we provide the first report of Awaous ocellaris asone of the species included in the "ipon" fishery in Aparri,Cagayan, We used the mitochondrial gene cytochrome c oxidasesubunit 1 (CO1), that is used by the International Barcode ofLife (IBOL) as a standard taxonomic DNA marker for vertebratespecies. The results provide important information on theidentity of "ipon" which is vital to ensuring the sustainability ofthe resource.

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